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Published on March 25th, 2014 | by John Lyons

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O’Higgins seek to bounce back in Libertadores

O´Higgins must put recent disappointments behind them when they visit Deportivo Cali in a crucial Copa Libertadores match tomorrow night (10pm).

Colombia – The Rancagua side lost 2-1 to Cerro Porteño in the Libertadores last Thursday and then crashed to a 3-0 Clausura defeat against Colo Colo on Sunday night.

What had looked another highly promising campaign for the Chilean champions is in danger of disintegrating. Colo Colo look certain to win the league, while last week´s defeat in Paraguay dented O´Higgins´ hopes of qualification from Group 3.

One of the keys for O´Higgins in Colombia tomorrow night will be to avoid letting in early goals. Eduardo Berizzo´s men conceded two in the opening eight minutes against Cerro Porteño  and fell 1-0 behind against Colo Colo in the first minute.

They also need to sharpen up their finishing as they had plenty of possession against Colo Colo, but lacked a cutting edge.

O´Higgins lie third in Group 3 with five points from four matches. Cerro Porteño (7) and Deportivo Cali (6) currently sit in the qualification positions. In an extremely tight group, bottom side Lanús, the Copa Sudamericana holders, are still alive with four points.

A defeat tomorrow night could see O´Higgins eliminated – if Cerro Porteño were to beat Lanús in Argentina the following night.

A draw would ensure O´Higgins were still in with a shout going into their final group match at home against Lanús on April 8, while a victory in Colombia would leave O´Higgins in a good position going into the final match.

Chile´s other Copa Libertadores representatives, Universidad de Chile and Unión Española, are not in action this week.

However, Unión have domestic business to deal with. José Luis Sierra´s men take on Palestino at La Cisterna tomorrow afternoon (5pm).

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