Everton could only manage a draw against Audax Italiano at the Sausalito last weekend. The Ruleteros needed all three points if they were to get their stalling championship chase back on track.
Everton took a well-deserved lead on 19 minutes when Franco Ragusa’s free-kick nestled into the bottom-right corner from 25 yards out.
But Everton’s excellent work was undone when nine minutes later, Juan Miño headed home an equaliser after some slack defending from the home side.
More heartbreak came for Everton just before the break when Marcos Riquelme finished off a smart move to give his side the lead.
Everton were a little slow off the blocks in the second-half, which forced manager Pablo Sanchez into some changes, which eventually got his side going again. And on 76 minutes, Steven Almeida equalised for Everton from Camilo Ponce’s pass.
Juan Miño was shown a second yellow for the away side with ten minutes remaining, but Everton were unable to make the one-man advantage pay as Audax held on for a point.
With Colo Colo, Unión Española, Deportes Iquique and O’Higgins all dropping points also, Everton stay fourth, just three points behind leaders Colo Colo.
Everton travel to Unión Española on Saturday 29th April, before hosting Colo Colo on Saturday 6th May at the Sausalito.
Everton can mount a serious title challenge, but will know the next two games are pivotal to their chances.
With only one win in their last five games, Everton must get back to winning ways.
Highlights of the game with Audax Italiano can be found at the following link.