It was week of differing fortunes for the two Chilean sides that were in action in the Copa Libertadores this week with Universidad Católica surprisingly going down 3-1 at home to Caracas FC whilst group rivals Unión Española caused an upset of their own as they themselves defeated Vélez Sarsfield 2-1 at Estadio Santa Laura.
It only took four minutes for it to go all wrong for los cruzados as the visitors scored three goals in four minutes after the half time break to blow the tie and the group completely wide open. The goals for Caracas FC came via Nelson Barahona and a brace to Luis Cabezas. Pablo Calandria did manage to pull one back for the home side three minutes later but the sending off of Hans Martínez in the 69th minute ending any chance they had of making the type of comeback that we saw last week against Vélez Sarsfield.
Meanwhile group rivals Unión Española got off to a flyer against Argentineans, Vélez Sarsfield with Martin Ligüera finding the back of the net after only three minutes. Los hispanos then made their early domination count in the 26th minute when Braulio Leal headed home the rebound after Vélez ‘keeper Marcelo Barovero saved his first header on goal. After the break Unión looked to hit their opponents on the break which allowed Vélez back into the contest especially when the home side repeatedly gave away possession and free kicks in dangerous positions. David Ramírez did manage to capitalise and halve the deficit in the 69th minute but that was as good as it got for the visitors.
This week’s results leaves the group on a knife edge with Caracas FC leading on six points, closely followed by both Católica and Unión on four points whilst Vélez bring up the rear on three points.
Universidad Católica 1-3 Caracas FC
Unión Española 2-1 Vélez Sarsfield