SANTIAGO – It was a disastrous week for Chilean teams in the Copa Libertadores as none made it past the group stage of the tournament. Palestino already knew their fate since a 2-0 defeat to River Plate in their penultimate match meant the best the team could hope for was a 3rd place finish, and qualification for the Copa Sudamericana, if they could get a victory over Alianza Lima. Victories for U. Concepción and U. Católica would have seen both teams qualify in 2nd place in their respective groups and move on to the knock-out stage of the tournament, but it wasn’t to be.
Concepción succumbed to a dismal 1-0 defeat at the hands of Godoy Cruz. The first half strike from González was enough to eliminate Concepción in a game where they didn’t even register a shot on goal. A fiery end to the match saw players from both teams sent-off and Concepcion left Argentina sitting bottom of Group C and hence missing out on both qualification to the knock-stage of the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.
Católica also could not muster their needed win. Grêmio had little trouble seeing off the Cruzados 2-0 with a goal in each half, a result that left Católica in 3rd place in Group H. Católica will continue their South American campaign with qualification for the Copa Sudamericana.
Despite a bizarre first goal in the match between Alianza Lima and Palestino, the Chileans left Peru with a 1-2 victory. Costa opened the scoring with a shot from distance that ricocheted up off the cross bar, flew directly up for what felt like several seconds and then plummeted down only for González in goal to completely fumble the catch into the goal. Two fantastic goals from Tarifeño, a player who was mostly unused in the competition so far, snatched the win for Palestino and ensured they finished in 3rd place and hence also qualify for the Copa Sudamericana.
Both Palestino and U. Católica will be drawn from pot 1 to determine their fixtures for the Copa Sudamericana next week. Two other Chilean teams, Unión Española and Unión La Calera, also made it to the next round of the Copa Sudamericana and will be drawn from pot 2.
The final of the Copa Libertadores will be played on Nov. 23 at the National Stadium in Santiago.
Read the report from the week before here:
John is a volcanologist, sports fan, radio broadcaster, and accomplished musician. Born and raised in Britain, he has travelled extensively for his research on volcanoes. Whilst living in London, UK, John performed in the punk bands ‘And Now We’re Even’ and ‘Filthy Militia’ recording six studio albums and two EP’S over this time. He currently lives in Santiago, Chile where he works as a university professor in rock mechanics.