Copa del Pacífico: Chile 3 Perú 1

Chile defeated Perú 3-1 in the first leg of the Copa del Pacífico held in Arica with goals from Esteban Paredes, Enzo Andia and Eugenio Mena proving to be the difference between the two sides.

The home side got off to the start it wanted with Colo Colo striker Esteban Paredes getting on the scoresheet in the fifth minute as he controlled a brilliant cross field pass from Marcelo Díaz before calmly shooting past Salomón Libman in the Perú goal. After the goal Chile dominated much of the proceedings but it was the visitors who grabbed an unlikely equaliser in the 21st minute as John Galliquio capitalised on some poor Chilean defending to slot home.

It looked like scores would be level going into half time but Enzo Andia had other ideas in the 43rd minute as he made the most of Perú’s inability to deal with Marcelo Díaz corner to put la roja up 2-1 at the break. In the 58th minute Esteban Paredes had the chance to double his goalscoring tally from the penalty spot after Edson Puch was fouled in the area. Unfortunately for the Colo Colo striker his attempt at a paneka didn’t quite come off as it sat nicely for Salomón Libman to easily catch. Two minutes later Paredes was subsituted for Cobreloa striker, Felipe Flores. The match was well and truly put beyond doubt in the 87th minute as Felipe Gutiérrez put through Eugenio Mena for Chile’s third goal of the night.

The return leg will be played on the 11th April in Tacna, Peru.

Chile 3 Perú 1

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