Everton were left feeling disappointed as they failed to hold on against Cobresal in a 1-1 draw on Saturday evening at the Estadio El Cobre. The Ruleteros had taken a first-half lead, but conceded a controversial equaliser two minutes from time.
Everton dominated the early proceedings and made their dominance pay just before the half-hour mark.
Full-back Dylan Zúñiga raced into the box and his left footed cross was handled by a Cobresal defender. Striker Wilson Morelo stepped up to convert the resulting penalty to give his side the lead.
Cobresal took the game to Everton in the second half and went close on the hour mark. The home side were then awarded a penalty on 71 minutes as Everton defender Matias Blázquez was adjudged to have brought down his opponent inside the area, but Everton goalkeeper Eduardo Lobos expertly saved and kept his side ahead.
It looked as though Everton would secure all three points, but with two minutes to go, Cobresal were awarded a second penalty. Blázquez again was penalised for what appeared to be a soft decision.
Lobos saved the initial attempt, but the rebound fell into the path of Sebastián Gallegos who finished from close range. Replays shown Gallegos to have encroached inside the area when the penalty was taken.
Highlights of the game can be found by clicking here.
Everton stay third, two points from leaders Deportes Iquique. The Ruleteros will host Iquique at the Sausalito in their next league game on Saturday 08th April.
In the meantime, Everton will take on Columbian side Patriotas Boyacá at the Sausalito on Wed 5th April in the first leg of CONMEBOL Sudamericana first stage. KO 11.15pm UK time.