Unión Española’s Copa Libertadores campaign has come to an end with one group stage match remaining after they went down 2-1 to Caracas FC in the Estadio Santa Laura. Needing a win to have any chance of progression los hispanos got off to the start they wanted with Sebastián Jaime finding the back of the net after only three minutes but the Argentinean’s goal was cancelled out by goals to Ángelo Peña in the 34th minute and Josef Martínez in the 83rd minute. Unión Española could still play a role in deciding who progresses from the group as the visit Universidad Católica in the last round of matches.
Despite going down 3-2 to Santos, Colo Colo still are very much in the hunt to progress to the next stage of the competition with two games still to play. Five red cards were handed out in a match that wasn’t short of controversy with Colo Colo captain Andrés Scotti and Cristóbal Jorquera joining Santos’ Neymar, Ze Eduardo and Elano all seeing red. All of Santos’ red cards came after they had gone 3-0 ahead after only 52 minutes courtesy of goals to Elano, Danilo and Neymar. For Colo Colo it was Patricio Jerez and Diego Rubio who grabbed a couple of late goals which could come in very handy come the latter stages of the group stage. Colo Colo currently sit second in Group 5 on six points two points behind Cerro Porteño with their last matches being against the aforementioned Paraguayan side and Deportivo Táchira.
Whilst their compatriots won’t be progressing from Group 4, Universidad Católica are still very much in the hunt to progress to the next stage of the competition after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Vélez Sarsfield. Los cruzados are currently sitting in second place on eight points, one point behind surprise packets Caracas FC. As I alluded to earlier their final match is against their already eliminated compatriots with a draw pretty guaranteeing them passage to the next phase of the competition.
Santos 3-2 Colo Colo
Unión Española 1-2 Caracas FC
Universidad Católica 0-0 Vélez Sarsfield