Pachuca 1 - 1 Colo Colo, Copa Sudamericana Finals First Leg
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Friday, December 01, 2006

Pachuca 1 - 1 Colo Colo, Copa Sudamericana Finals First Leg

copa-sudamericana.jpgHumberto Suazo fired home on 50 minutes to give Colo Colo a draw in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana at Pachuca.

The hosts had dominated the first half and in the 28th were rewarded when Gabriel Caballero's 40-yard cross-field pass found Christian Gimenez open on the wing. The Argentine crossed perfectly into the box to a wide open Andres Chitiva who headed home from 6 yards out.

Even though Pachuca was having the better of it, Colo Colo were not without their chances. And just moments after the goal, Alexis Sanchez and Suazo had the Pachuca defense beat, but Sanchez' pass was poor and went straight to keeper Miguel Calero.

Pachuca had figured out a way to shut down Colo Colo superstar Matias Fernandez, smothering him with as many as three and four players every time he was on the ball.

But when the equalizer came, it would be Sanchez who would be their undoing.

The speedy forward had looked dangerous all night. And when he found himself open 25 yards from goal, he weaved through the Pachuca defense and nearly ran into Suazo at the top of the area.

Whether by design or not, Suazo took charge, taking one touch and firing a deadly strike just under Calero for the 1 - 1 final scoreline.

Even though it seemed a moral victory for the Chilean side, Pachuca will have to feel good that they were able to shut down Colo Colo's powerful offense.

However, they will certainly feel like they had a chance to put Colo Colo in peril just moments before the equalizer. Pachuca's Juan Carlos Cacho was put in all alone and from 12 yards out, fired straight at keeper Sebastian Cejas.

Colo Colo has the benefit of returning to their raucous home for the second leg, but may need to find a way to involve Fernandez if they hope to lift the Copa Sudamericana trophy.

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