Iquique’s first foray into international competition has come to an end at the first hurdle after being defeated 4-0 by Uruguayan giants Nacional in Montevideo to lose their tie 4-2 on aggregate.
Coming into the match Iquique would have been full confidence after defeating Nacional 2-0 in the opening leg in their first appearance in an international competition and picking up their first away win against Audax Italiano in more than fourteen years in the the past weekend’s round of domestic matches. However that confidence suffered a severe dent only six minutes into this match as Alexis Rolín rose unchallenged to head home from a free kick.
After the opener the visitors had chances of their own with Víctor Hugo Sarabia and Rubén Taucare having the best chances to equalise whilst for the home side Gonzalo Bueno hit the crossbar with Iquique goalkeeper Rodrigo Naranjo well beaten. On the stroke of half time Bueno did find the back of the net after being put through former Unión Española player Alexander Medina before calmly finishing past Naranjo to level up the tie.
In the second half Iquique did have their chances to go ahead in the tie with half-time substitute Jaime Grondona having a couple of chances whilst Rodrigo Diaz hit the post. Just when it appeared that the match would be heading to penalties Iquique was hit with a double blow in the 83rd minute as firstly Rubén Taucare picked up his second yellow card and from the resulting free kick Alvaro Recoba used his trademark guile to put his side three goals up on the night and ahead in the tie. Nine minutes later Recoba again was involved as his quickly taken free kick caught the Iquique defence napping and Adrián Romero knocked a bouncing ball past the despairing Naranjo.
Nacional 4-0 Iquique