Everton suffered their third defeat in four games at home to Colo Colo on a wet Sunday afternoon. The visitors strengthened their grip on the Clausura title after scoring a dramatic winner in the last seconds of the game with Everton falling to ninth.
It didn’t take long for the away side to take the lead. A throw-in from the right was nodded into the path of Esteban Paredes who swiftly turned his marker and fired a shot into the far corner past the hapless Everton goalkeeper Eduardo Lobos after 20 minutes.
Everton hit back just before the break when Franco Ragusa fired a long-range free-kick into the far corner to put his side level.
The second half was evenly fought, and it looked like Everton would head for another draw, but a frantic final five minute were to come.
Ramón Fernández fired Colo Colo back into the lead with five minutes to go with a free-kick as spectacular as Ragusa’s.
Everton equalised through Raul Becerra on 90+1 minutes, but Colo Colo dealt a sickening blow to the home side as they snatched all three points with just seconds to go.
The Everton backline were caught napping and Christofer Gonzáles went through on goal and fired past Lobos in the Everton goal. Replays showed that the shot from Gonzáles took a wicked deflection which deceived Lobos.
The defeat puts to bed any slim chance of Everton qualifying for the Copa Libretadores and sees a torrid run continue for Pablo Sanchez’s side with no win in six.
Everton will reflect with relative positivity after consolidating their position in the top-flight after a poor start to the campaign, not forgetting a cup final appearance which meant qualification to the Copa Sudamericana.
Quite a turnaround given the club were in the second division this time last year.
Pablo Sanchez will look to end the domestic season on a high before travelling to Columbia to take on Patriotas Boyacá in the second leg of the CONMEBOL Sudamericana first stage at the end of the month.
Next up for the Ruleteros is a home match against 11th placed Huachipato on Saturday 13th May, before a trip to Palestino on the last day of the season (Saturday 20th May).
Highlights of the Colo Colo defeat can be found at the following link.