South American football giant Colo-Colo avoids relegation after nerve-shredding playoff
But nothing was won by Chile’s biggest and most successful club, Colo-Colo. In fact, they managed to stay in the top division in the country after a nerve-wracking playoff.
On Wednesday, the team found themselves in an unprecedented position and were kept away from a game for Chile’s second tier – the ‘Primera B’ – for the first time in their 96-year history.
While the similarities are by no means accurate, it would be similar to seeing Manchester United again from La Liga to the Premier League or Real Madrid.
Vednaye’s charges against the Universidade de Concepcion In the playoffs, Colo-Colo won 1–0 thanks to teenager Pablo Solari on loan from the Argentine Pale Talares de Cordoba and maintained his place at the top level by the skin of his teeth .
‘Win or we kill you’
Although the overwhelming majority of fans are stuck by the players during the shortest moments in the club’s history, there is a sinister sign planted outside the club’s stadium ahead of the game: “Win or We Beat You.”
It should be emphasized that the actions of only a handful of fans should not support the unconditional support shown by the majority; In fact, forward Xavier Paragoz posted a video on his Instagram account, which amazed thousands of supporters, who had gathered to send the team as it left for the stadium in Talca, 250 kilometers from Santiago.
Many more gathered at points along the highway.
Colo-Colo is the only team from Chile to have won the Copa Libertadores, the Champions League equivalent of South America, and this unprecedented fall was unimaginable at the start of the season.
The team has since been on its third different manager and Gustavo Quintos’ result was certainly improved in recent weeks.
After spending most of the season firmly in the bottom two, Colo-Colo tried to avoid a charge-count playoff on the final day – until O’Higgins’ 96th minute penalty on Sunday gave the club its fate Did not condemn.
Colo-Colo, which previously boasted names such as Alexis Sánchez, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Bravo in his career, recently won the Chile First Division by 2017, taking his record to 32 league titles.
‘Ghost of b’
As is often the case with one of the country’s largest and most successful teams, Colo-Colo is widely resented by supporters of other Chilean clubs and will likely be cheering the vast majority on Wednesday.
Fans of Colo-Colo’s bitter rival Universidad de Chile will enjoy the most downfall. In 1988, ‘La U’ again suffered its own setback and Collo-Collo fans never let them forget it – it turned to supporters in South America as ‘The Ghost of the Bee’ There is a rival team. Retrofitted
In the past, some of South America’s biggest clubs have faced similar fortunes, including Argentina’s huge river plate in 2011, Brazilian club Cruziro in 2019 and Allianza Lima of Peru in 2020.
Although Colo-Colo may have landed its ghost, the road leading back to the top may be a long one. However, avoiding the charge was the first and most important step.