SANTIAGO – Palestino were eliminated from this year’s Copa Libertadores tournament. Whilst disappointing, the team should be immensely proud of their achievement given the size of the football club, they were competing against giants. A heroic draw in Argentina against the current holders and an emphatic win over Alianza Lima were where Palestino picked up their points, but they will feel disappointed they didn’t get more out the match against Internacional in Santiago.
The fate of the other Chilean teams, U. Concepcion and U. Católica is very much in their own hands with wins for both teams guaranteeing qualification in next week’s matches.
On Wednesday River Plate overcame Palestino 2-0 at the Monumental Stadium last week. Goals from Pinola and Fernandez couldn’t be answered it was a nervy display by the Santiago based team. The match wasn’t without incident, a booking for River Plates goalkeeper for a handball a yard outside of the penalty area could easily have been a red card and may have changed the course of the match. Both teams had a man sent off in the last 20 minutes of the match, both for late fouls.
It will be Internacional of Brasil and River Plate of Argentina who qualify from Group A. Palestino will be hoping to get a result in the final group stage match against Alianza Lima to stand a chance of qualifying for the Copa Sudamericana.
Universidad de Concepción
Concepción played out a frantic 3-3 draw with Olimpia last week, only a 92nd minute equalizer from Ortiz cancelling out Concepción’s lead. The result meant that U. Concepción occupy the current third spot in the group but would have been level on points with Olimpia if they had managed to win.
Their fate is certainly in their own hands though, a win for U. Concepción against Godoy Cruz in Argentina next week would see them qualify for the knock-out stage of the tournament.
Universidad de Católica
Likewise, Universidad de Católica travel to Brasil next week needing a win against Grémio in order to qualify. The Cruzados will be disappointed to have only managed a 1-1 draw against Rosario last week.
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.