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Colo-Colo and Universidad de Chile tie 2-2 in controversial Superclásico

Colo-Colo and Universidad de Chile tie 2-2 in controversial Superclásico
October 31
11:32 2011

SANTIAGO – Universidad de Chile and Colo-Colo tied at Estadio Monumental on Oct. 30, 2-2 in an eventful Superclásico.

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Colo-Colo and the "U" tied in Sunday's Súperclasico, Photo credit: ANFP

All week ahead of the game, both teams had exchanged jabs in press conferences and built a lot of hype around the biennial showdown.

The most controversial statement came on Oct. 27  from Universidad de Chile goalkeeper, Jhonny Herrera.

If there is somebody arrogant, I think that it is the fan of Colo-Colo,” Herrera said.

Never at a loss for words, Jhonny Herrera made news more than once the week of Oct. 24  after not being nominated by Claudio Borghi, the coach of La Roja, to play in the World Cup qualifiers in November.

Referee Claudio Puga – officiating his first Superclásico – began the game at 5 p.m. among exploding fireworks and chants that were overwhelmingly in favor of the home team.

Three minutes into the game, the “U” marked its first goal after Universidad de Chile player, Eduardo Vargas, took a fall in the goal area. Luis Castillo, goalie for Colo-Colo, was awarded a yellow card for the supposed infraction, and Universidad de Chile midfielder, Charles Aranguiz, took the penalty shot.

Within the first 15 minutes of play, three players from Colo-Colo and one from the “U” had been booked, and the match heated up as the seconds ticked.

Colo-Colo showed an unorganized offense in the first half, while Universidad de Chile took every opportunity to go up by two goals.

In the 31st minute, author of the first goal for the “U”, Charles Aránguiz was sent off for running into his Colo-Colo counterpart, Marco Medel, with the ball nowhere near where the foul was committed.

The final four minutes of the first half ignited a firestorm among the 40,000 plus crowd at Estadio Monumental when “U” defenseman Osvaldo González committed a handball in the goal area provoking a Colo-Colo penalty shot.

Colo-Colo fan favorite, Esteban Paredes took the penalty shot that flew past “U” goalkeeper Jhonny Herrera into the middle of the goal. However, Paredes would be booked for a yellow card for taking off his jersey in celebration of the tying goal.

After three minutes of additional time, Claudio Puga – who showed his inexperience officiating a rivalry game of this magnitude – concluded the first act with a score of 1-1.

After a 15 minute recess, the second half began with a still singing Estadio Monumental and Universidad de Chile playing with nine men on the pitch.

In the 59th minute, Colo-Colo took the lead  2-1 after Esteban Paredes scored a goal with an impressive header from the left side of the pitch that flew into the back left side of the net.

Juan Castillo was sent to the showers in the 72nd minute for arguing another call with Puga, who had previously awarded Castillo a yellow card during the controversial first half penalty kick.

Colo -Colo replaced Castillo with Raul Olivares and played the remainder of the game with ten men after having to remove one of the fielders from the pitch. Colo-Colo elected Roberto Gutierrez to take a seat next to his nervous leader, Ivo Basay.

Between injuries to both Universidad de Chile and Colo-Colo goalkeepers and incidences that occurred in the surrounding area of the playing field, eleven minutes of stoppage time were added.

The only thing that the home team had to do to leave with a win was keep the ball away from the “U” and defend their territory. However, in the 9th minute of stoppage time, the plan failed.

Osmar Molinas, defensive player from Colo-Colo, headed the ball past Olivares for an own goal that tied the game for the “U” in the 9th minute.

The game was concluded by Puga after the allotted eleven minutes among a tense group of players from both sides.

Unfortunately, both teams had an exchange of pushes and words that concluded a very tense match. Esteban Paredes was ejected from the game for altercations with the officiating crew, and Colo-Colo boss, Ivo Basay also had words with officials from Universidad de Chile.

The “U” now has 34 points still at the top of standings, and Colo-Colo has 26 points.

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Stew Mason

Stew Mason covers sports and politics for I Love Chile. Follow me @stewwmason.

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