Cobreloa progressed to the next stage of the Copa Sudamericana after a 2-all draw with Paraguayan side Tacuary saw them progress 3-2 on aggregate.
The Paraguayans who come into the match on the back of 1-0 defeat in the first leg had a bit of trouble making their way to Calama after they were unable to source a flight from Santiago meaning that they had to travel the more than 1500 kilometres by bus.
After such a journey it was hardly surprising that they started slowly and it was Cobreloa who dominated the opening stanza and went into the half time 1-0 to the good. Their goal came in the 44th minute after Cristián Canío had a slice of good fortune to get on the end of a Sebastián Roco deflected shot before holding off his marker and calmly slotting past Tacuary goalkeeper Carlos Servín.
Los mineros double their advantage eleven minutes into the second half with Canío this time acting as a provider with an excellent cross that Marcos Sebastián Pol headed home. Six minutes later Tacuary pulled one courtesy of a moment of Ramón Cardozo brilliance with a large dose of help from Cobreloa goalkeeper Sebastián Contreras who should have done a lot better with shot. Tacuary, who are nicknamed los pumas, then levelled things up on the day in the 71st minute when a Tacuary corner came off the shoulder of Cristián Suárez and into the back of his own net. Fortunately for the home side the visitors were unable to find a third and they were able to progress to the next stage of the tournament.
After the match the aforementioned Roco said that, “We are not completely happy because we must play good football. The team will have to improve a lot,” and that “we cannot think about which rivals would be better for us. We played very well as visitors in this tie, but we cannot be happy with that alone.”
Next up for Cobreloa will be either Venezuelan side Deportivo Tachira or Ecuadorian giants Barcelona.
Cobreloa 2-2 Tacuary