Unión Española progressed to the main part of the Copa Libertadores whilst La Roja Sub-20 again lost to Argentina and Marcelo Bielsa finally decided to end the soap drama and decided he wasn’t going to continue in the top job.
Going into the second leg of their Copa Libertadores clash against Bolivian side, Bolivar at Estadio Santa Laura with a 1-0 advantage La Furia Roja were always favoured to progress through to the main part of the competition. The visitors’ hopes weren’t helped with the expulsion of captain, Ronald Garcia in the 66th minute. Even with the man advantage Unión couldn’t add to their goal tally and the match ended 0-0 which was enough for the home side to progress to the main part of the continental competition for the first time since 2006.
Almost at the same time Chile’s Sub-20 was taking on Argentina for the second time in the Sudamericano Sub-20 competition and for both sides a win was necessary if qualification for the 2012 Olympics was going to be a reality. The Chileans got off on the right foot as Bryan Carrasco opened the scoring after only fifteen minutes and they managed to hold onto that lead up until half time.
However the match turned on its head early in the second half as the Facundo Ferreyra slotted home from the penalty spot with only five minutes gone after the albiceleste were on the receiving end of fairly dubious refereeing decision. There was no such luck involved in Argentina’s next two goals as Juan Manuel Iturbe put on a dribbling masterclass to put them ahead and then Nicolás Tagliafico doubled their advantage after some awful keeping from Claudio Santis. Felipe Gallegos grabbed a late consolation goal but the loss pretty much rules out La Roja’s chances of making it to London in 2012 and puts their chances of being in Colombia later in the year in limbo.
After more drama than a Mexican soap opera, Marcelo Bielsa finally made the decision that the country had not been hoping for as he decided to call it quits as the Chilean national coach. Deciding to stick with his decision made when Jorge Segovia originally took out the presidency of the ANFP back in December it leaves La Roja with the task of finding a replacement in time for this year’s Copa America in Argentina. As we speak Claudio Borghi, José Pekerman and Alejandro Sabella have all been linked with the job. For what it’s worth I would love to see Pekerman get the gig.