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An Update from Chile

Everton finished the league season with a 1-0 defeat away to Palestino last weekend, which meant Everton finished 10th in the Clausura tournament. A win would have seen Everton finish third.

After their first season back in the top-flight since gaining promotion back in May 2016, the Ruleteros have had quite a ride.

A promising start to the Clausura tournament had Everton in with a shout of the title at the mid-point, but Everton could only win one of their last eight league games, meaning their chances fell by the way side.

Universidad de Chile finished as champions, a point ahead of Colo Colo, and took home their 18th title. Cobresal were relegated to the second division.

Everton were draw masters, drawing 12 times, the most of any club in the division. They did however finish five points above rivals Santiago Wanderers in the aggregate table (Apertura and Clausura tournaments put together).

Domestic duties will return in late July with the Copa Chile, before the ‘transition’ tournament starts in the Autumn. From 2018, the league will return to a one league system meaning no more confusing tournament schedules!

With the expectation level rising after a successful return to the top-flight, Evertonianos will be keen to see the club push on and challenge the sides above them.

Everton fly to Columbia to take on Patriotas Boyacá in the second-leg of the CONMEBOL Sudamericana first stage this week. Everton take a one goal lead from the first leg.

However, they will be without leading scorer Maxi Cerrato, who has left for Mexican side Club León, who are also owned by the Pachuca Group. The Everton faithful will be disappointed to see Cerrato leave, but realise it is a lucrative opportunity for the player, who spent seven years at the club.

Everton have not wasted any time in finding a replacement with Argentine attacking midfielder Lucas Mugni joining from Spain. The 25-year-old has been capped at Argentinian youth level, and has accumulated over 100 appearances playing for the likes of Flamengo in Brazil, and Newell Old Boys and Colon in Argentina.

The game in Columbia kicks off at 1.45am UK time on Wednesday 31st May.  As ever, we will let you know how they get on. #VamosEverton