Eion Smith returns with another round up of his Chilean football viewings…
INDEPENDIENTE DEL VALLE 1-3 UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE (COPA SUDAMERICANA ROUND 2 LEG 2) (UNIVERSIDAD WIN 4-2 ON AGGREGATE)
UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE 2-2 SANTIAGO WANDERERS (PRIMERA DIVISION)
Another solid week for Universidad de Chile saw progession in the Copa Sudamericana with a victory in Ecuador against Independiente del Valle. The midweek exertions seem to cost Universidad though with a late Santiago Wanderers’ goal costing La U two league points.
I would like to open again with an apology (again!). I am sorry that this weeks edition is late as I was busy etc. Also, a quick note that there will be no Chilean Experience next week due to the international break. Now, onto my points…
First, I would like to say that I am delighted by the fact that Universidad progressed in the Sudamericana. The trip to Ecuador looked tough (plus I spent last week lamenting the fact that we conceded a late goal) but the team performed well and despite a minor scare when Solis scored. The next round is a difficult one but with the team’s current form and performances, I’m quietly confident that this could be a good campaign.
This week also saw Charles Aránguiz return to the team on a regular basis following his suspension and he didn’t disappoint. I’ve made no secret of my love for that beautiful man but his performances have not disappointed. He ran the show in Ecuador and got on the scoresheet in both games this week. For that reason he is my player of the week. Another man making a scoring return to the team was Bambi. He’s been on the bench recently but it was good to see him back.
The game in Ecuador was marred by ill-discipline from both sides. Peruvian referee Henry Gambetta had to brandish 10 yellow and 2 red cards – one of them to Juan Ignacio Sills. This is a problem that I have brought up before but the players need to learn to keep their head. Sills has been one of the most consistent performers this season and he will be a big miss in the Sudamericana. It’s a real disappointment.
Finally, why do Universidad keep conceding late? I’m going to end up in the hospital watching them at this rate. Also, Johnny Herrera has looked a bit dodgy in recent weeks. Is his place in question?
WEEK 7 PREVIEW
Following the international break, Universidad return to league action on the 15th with a tough trip to Everton. Everton are currently 11th in the league with 7 points but have lost their last two games. Following the trip to Everton, La U are back in Sudamericana action with a difficult trip to Lanus of Argentina. Lanus, who dispatched of fellow Argentinean side Racing Club in the last round, are one of the more consistent sides in Argentina in recent years and this will be a tough trip.
Sorry that this is a bit shorter but there was not much else to take away this week. Tune back in for Week 7 of The Chilean Experience in a couple of weeks.