Everton suffered a heavy defeat in Santiago on Wednesday evening losing 4-0 to opponents Colo Colo in the final of the Chilean Cup.
Everton started well inside the first 20 minutes having equal share of the possession. But Colo Colo upped the ante and Everton simply could not cope.
On 24 minutes, a cross from the left was headed home by Octavio Rivero to begin the scoring.
The warning signs were evident when veteran striker Esteban Paredes had the ball in the back of the net minutes later, only for it to be ruled offside. Paredas was a live wire upfront creating problems for the Everton back line.
Colo Colo were in control, with Everton struggling to cope with the tempo set by their opponents.
You felt if Everton could see the game to half-time with just a goal-down, they could re-group, but no, Everton’s defensive marking let them down and allowed Colo Colo to build on their lead before the break.
Paredas out-smarted his marker and found himself in space inside the penalty area to slot past the hapless Everton goalkeeper for 2-0.
A minute later though, Everton striker Braian Rodriguez was unfairly barged over inside the penalty area, but the referee waved away the call.
Everton sadly could not keep their composure, and again, Paredas lost his marker and was put through to score past Eduardo Lobos for his second and his teams third.
A disastrous first half which left Everton with a mountain to climb.
Everton failed to make an impression in the second half as Colo Colo were comfortable in possession. They did have a chance on the hour mark but Sebastian Leyton dragged his shot wide from the edge of the box.
Colo Colo put the game beyond doubt when Ramon Fernandez headed home to seal the victory for his team on 71 minutes.
Everton finished the game with ten men when defender Cristian Suarez was given his marching orders after bringing down his opponent who was through on goal, which capped off a disappointing evening for the Ruleteros.
Everton will pity themselves, but the gulf in both clubs was laid bare on the night. Everton were simply not at the races and were outclassed by their opponents.
Their success in reaching the final does bring qualification to next years Copa Sudamericana tournament, the equivalent to Europe’s Europa League, which can be seen as a huge positive for the club, and certainly something to build on. The club were in the second-tier of Chilean football this time last year so can be proud for what they have achieved in such a small space of time.
Everton will have a short mid-season break before resuming domestic matters in the new year.
Onwards and upwards, Evertonianos.