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CD Everton's final push to the top

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Sunday 11th December, 23:30 UK time sees Everton Chile take this season?s final step towards promotion back to the top flight. After having failed to win outright promotion as 2011 overall Champions and then falling to the away-goals rule against Rangers in the Primera B Play-Off Final, they now face Unión San Felipe in the second leg of the Primera A/B Play-Off Final.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg, the Ruleteros travel to San Felipe, a sleepy town at the foot of Aconcagua (the highest peak in the Americas) to complete their climb back to the top (...sorry).

Since playing in front of 26,000 at Goodison back in August 2010 our Chilean counterparts have not had an easy time. The earthquake earlier in that year had left their Sausalito Stadium structurally damaged, forcing to Club to play home games at arch-rivals Santiago Wanderer?s stadium in Valparaiso. Points were dropped and the 2008 Champions were relegated at the end of 2010.

Being the biggest Club in the second division brought its own problems with Everton playing every other team?s ?Cup Final?. However, despite a poor first half to the season (sounds familiar?) gates have been healthy with the Club achieving the fourth highest average attendance in all divisions ? this without the added bonus of visiting fans from the nation?s bigger teams (Colo Colo, La U, Universidad Católica or Santiago Wanderers).

So, the last chance saloon beckons in San Felipe. Anyone interested and capable of staying up that late to watch the match can find a link to the game on the Ruleteros Society?s Facebook page, which can be found via the website.

John Shearon, Dronfield     Posted 09/12/2011 at 18:56:14

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Tony Heslop
1   Posted 11/12/2011 at 18:18:24

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Right, hopefully for the last and ultimately successful time this season, come on you oro y cielo !
Justin Packett
2   Posted 11/12/2011 at 20:46:09

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Fingers crossed!
John Shearon
3   Posted 12/12/2011 at 09:06:23

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Well, a fairly toothless performance saw the Ruleteros fail in their promotion bid, falling to a 0-2 defeat. Great support (almost 2,000 made the trip) deserves better - it's like a parallel universe.
Mark Riding
4   Posted 12/12/2011 at 14:01:23

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I'm afraid, having watched the game, they never looked like winning...

Parallel universe indeed.
John Shearon
5   Posted 12/12/2011 at 16:22:31

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Couldn't agree more. The trainer, Figueroa, is taking all of the blame (some shocking selection decisions) but I think if he is kept on they should easily go up next year. The Chilean way is to sack and then think about the consequences later.
Paul Wharton
6   Posted 13/12/2011 at 13:10:53

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Same old Everton, let you down.
Paul Wharton

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