Cobreloa got their Copa Sudamericana campaign underway with an important 1-0 win away to Paraguay side, Tacuary.
Cobreloa, who are one of five Chilean teams in this year’s competition, were making their first appearance in a continental competition in six years and got off to the better start against their Paraguayan opponents as Felipe Muñoz got on the end of a rebound on the edge of the area in the eighth minute but sprayed his shot wide. Tacuaray had a chance of their own ten minutes later but Diego Viera sent his unmarked header wide. In a game marred by the poor state of the pitch the chances were few and far between for both teams and the score remained 0-0 at half time.
It was much of the same in the second half with Rodolfo González testing Tacuary goalkeeper Carlos Servín in the early stages of the second half with a free kick proving to one of the rare highlights. However Servín could do little in the 78th minute as Patricio Troncoso fired home a wicked curling shot for the only goal of the game.
Tacuary 0-1 Cobreloa