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Published on October 1st, 2014 | by John Lyons

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Salas confident of Huachipato comeback

Huachipato manager Mario Salas is confident his side can overcome Sao Paulo in the Copa Sudamericana – despite fluffing a golden opportunity in the first leg.
The acereros lost 1-0 against the Brazilians at Morumbi after playing for almost an hour against ten men following the 33rd-minute dismissal of Luis Fabiano for striking out at Francisco Arrué.
Despite having an extra man for two-thirds of the game, Huachipato couldn´t finish the chances that came their way and paid the price when Michel Bastos fired home for the hosts in the 55th minute.
It means the acereros will need to beat the Brazilians on home turf to reach the last eight – and be wary of conceding an away goal that could make their job much more difficult.
However, former Barnechea boss Salas is optimistic his side can win through.
He said: “The result is painful, but this game gives us a lot of confidence to turn things around. This encounter lasts 180 minutes and there are 90 minutes still to play.
“We need to work on some things so that if we create five or six opportunities, we can score at least one or two goals.”
Huachipato will host Sao Paulo at the estadio CAP in Talcahuano on October 15. They are the last remaining Chilean side in the competition following the early exits of Universidad Católica, Iquique and Cobresal.

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