It was a dream come true for many Evertonians to see both Evertons in what was named ?The Brotherhood Cup? at Goodison Park on Wednesday 4th August.
Around 26,000 were in attendance, which was a fantastic turnout for a midweek friendly. At that point, Everton Inglaterra were two weeks away from starting a new season ? while Everton Chile were sitting mid-table, half-way through the 2010 Chilean Primera Division. Now they sit second from bottom, in the relegation zone, with one game left.
Following The Brotherhood Cup, Everton Chile went on a treacherous run, not winning in 11 games, resulting in a change of manager with Nelson Acosta leaving, the man who managed Chile in the 1998 World Cup finals and led Everton to their fourth league title in 2008. He was succeeded by Argentine Diego Osella.
There has been a slight change in fortune with Everton ending their dreadful run with a win at Cobresal. They then went on a four-match unbeaten run, winning two and drawing two.
Last Saturday evening, Audax Italiano were the visitors to the Sausalito. Audax, who are in the top three in the Primera Division, went behind when Ceratto put Everton in the lead just after the break. But a quickfire double from the visitors in the 60th and 63rd minutes gave Audax all three points.
A game that Everton had to win left them rooted to the relegation spot, hoping Santiago Morning and Ñublense would lose. Thankfully for the Ruleteros, Santiago Morning did lose but unfortunately Ñublense pulled off a shock result by beating Universidad de Chile away 2-1. That takes Nublense three points away from the relegation zone where Everton sit now.
As it stands, Everton will be relegated to the Primera Division B. Simple, they need to win their final league game this weekend to have any chance of staying up.
Everton travel to the capital, Santiago, to play Universidad Católica, who need a win to secure their 10th Chilean championship, which makes it a cup final for both teams.
Universidad Catolica are in top form as they have won their last five games. However, their season hasn?t gone as well as you might have thought, as they changed their manager halfway through the season. After being defeated by Colo Colo, the leaders at that time, they found their spirit again and mounted a serious title challenge with some impressive wins. They overtook Colo Colo who went on a disastrous run, wasting away their seven-point lead at the top.
A win only secures the chance of safety for Everton if Santiago Morning fail to win against in-form Santiago Wanderers, Everton?s arch-rivals. Ñublense need only a point against already relegated San Luis to avoid the automatic drop. And it doesn?t all end there either, as 15th and 16th placed teams go into a play-off with a team in the lower division. So, i0f Everton Chile do win at the weekend and get out of the automatic relegation places, it doesn?t finish there.
The last time Everton Chile were relegated was in 2000, and did not return to the top flight until 2004. They then went on to become national champions in 2008.
Everton Chile will be hoping for a Barry Horne or Gareth Farrelly moment to keep their Primera Division status alive. We understand the game will be shown on www.rojadirecta.org from 10pm on Sunday.
Hopefully we will be celebrating two Everton wins this weekend.
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