Copa Libertadores – Colo Colo defeats Corinthians

SANTIAGO – Facing the second round of the Copa Libertadores, Chilean football team Colo Colo defeated 1-0 the Brazilian Corinthians. Also known as Los Albos, the team continues  in the competition, which is already on the eighth finals. The only goal was scored by midfielder Carlos Carmona.

On Thursday, Chilean team Colo Colo beat the Brazilian team Corinthians. The 1-0 victory achieved by Los Albos was possible by the midfielder Carlos Carmona during the first half. Even though the home team had more opportunities to score than its Brazilian contender, the outcome of the match was defined by one single goal in the 38th minute.

Corinthians was defeated after a streak of three consecutive victories, the last one against Chapecoense, with a final score of 1-0. The return game will be on 29 this month in the stadium Arena Corinthians, São Paulo. After 11 years of absence, Los Albos are finally in a final phase again.

According to ESPN, once the first half passed, forward Esteban Paredes’ shot was deviated by the goalpost. Seconds later, Matías Zaldivia double tapped the shot, but the Brazilian goalkeeper parried. He was surprised, however, by Carmona’s shot from the penalty area, scoring the goal that put the final score in favor of Colo Colo.

ESPN defined Corinthians’ performance as lazy, as they apparently lacked will to equal the score. The Brazilians’ first shot of the second half, a little double tap by forward Leo Santos, occurred in minute 78. The rams Paredes and Barrios seemed disconnected from the match.

Around 35,000 fans witness the match in Estadio Monumental de Santiago. With the victory, Colo Colo will play against the winner between the Brazilian Palmeras and the Paraguayan Cerro Porteño. Colo Colo’s experienced forward Lucas Barrios wasn’t able to play, because of an injury on his right thigh. But trainer Héctor Tapia, who had been suspended for wrongful behavior, could be at the game.

Tapia’s suspension by the Conmebol’s disciplinary committee costs the team $US 1,500, which it paid to allow Tapia to participate.

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