Huachipato were the only survivor of the contingent of Chilean teams following the first round of the Copa Sudamericana, with Iquique, Universidad Católica and Cobresal all being eliminated in various circumstances.
Iquique were the first team in action during the week and therefore were the first Chilean team eliminated from the tournament as their 1-0 victory over Bolivian side, Universitario Sucre on Tuesday night wasn’t enough to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg. The only goal of the game came in the 68th minute courtesy of a Walter Mazzolatti header but los dragones celestes were unable to find an all important second goal despite playing most of the second half with a man advantage after Ezequiel Filippetto picked up his second yellow card inside the first minute of the second half.
Meanwhile Huachipato fared much better against their Bolivian opponents with their 3-2 victory over San Jose ensured they won their tie 6-3 on aggregate and progress to the next stage of the competition. Lucas Simon continued his good goal scoring form of late with the opener and a second from Carlos Espinosa saw the Chilean side lead 2-0 at the break. San Jose pulled a goal back after the half time break courtesy of a Cristian Diaz penalty before Leonardo Povea’s 87th minute effort put the tie beyond doubt. Diaz scored shortly after Povea, but in the end it was little more than a consolation. Huachipato will meet Universidad Católica of Ecuador in the next round.
Universidad Católica’s recent run of poor form continued with their fifth consecutive loss as they went down 3-0 to River Plate of Uruguay in the second leg of their tie, meaning the Uruguayans progressed 4-0 on aggregate. It wasn’t until the 69th minute that River Plate broke the deadlock courtesy of Michael Santos but the sending off of both Dario Botinelli and Alfonso Parot for two yellow cards allowed for the Uruguayan side to add to further goals late on time via Santiago García and Cristian Techera.
Cobresal became the third Chilean team eliminated from the competition in the first round after drawing 2-2 with General Diaz of Paraguay in the second leg of their encounter going out 4-3 on aggregate. Their departure came despite playing against nine men for just under an hour after General Diaz’s Gustavo Torazo and Angel Vera were sent off in the 36th minute for fighting with each other. By this stage the Paraguayan side were already 2-1 up and in the box seat courtesy of goals to Roberto Gamarra and Víctor Sócrates Genes whilst Matias Donoso had found the back of the net for the Chilean side. Cobresal then got a further bonus when General Diaz were reduced to eight players on the field when Cristián Sosa was sent off for striking the aforementioned Donoso in the 63rd minute. However they could not make the most of their three man advantage and could only level the scores up via Johan Fuentes’ 86th minute effort.