SANTIAGO – In the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores, the Chilean champion Colo Colo lost with 0-2 from the Brazilian Palmeiras. Whether it was a hangover from the Fiestas Patrias or a case of bad luck, the visitors took the lead after three minutes already. The return game, played in Brazil, seems to be nothing more than a formality.
In a packed Estadio Monumental, Palmeiras silenced the crowd by scoring a very important away goal, after three minutes already. After a scrimmage in front of the Chilean goal, Bruno Henrique could score after receiving a fine pass from Moisés. It was Colo Colo that had to equalize at least, something they didn´t manage to do.
Although Colo Colo played a fine game, directed by playmaker Valdivia, neither Damián Pérez nor Óscar Opazo, forwards whose goals were desperately needed this night, could be reached. The most historic part of the night was when in the first ten minutes of the second half the referee used the VAR, after a supposed hands was made by Palmerias player Mayke. After observing the foul from different angles, the referee dismissed the charge.
With less than fifteen minutes on the clock, Colo Colo forced themselves in the direction of the Brazilian goal. The space their offensive left behind led to a deadly counter, perfectly executed, thanks to the speed of Palmeiras´ forward Willliam. It resulted in the second goal of the Brazilians, although Colo Colo keeper Orion managed to save the first attempt. The rebound from Dudu couldn´t be saved.
The final highlight of the night came again from the VAR, used to give forward Damián Pérez a red card after a foul on Mayke. Two away goals and a red card – the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores couldn´t have started more disappointing for Colo Colo.
Editor-In-Chief Boris van der Spek is the founder of Chile Today. He worked in Colombia, Surinam and the Netherlands as reporter and works with international media during major events, like the social crisis, the elections and the Pope’s visit.