Universidad Catolica Finished 2nd in Group 8 Sao Caetano Finished 1st in Group 1
How they stack up against each other?
U. Catolica: Johnny Walker, the american keeper, is a solid and consistent goalie. He makes very few mistakes.
Sao Caetano; Silvio Luis is excellent and his physical presence is imposing. Can be somewhat inconsistent and let an easy one in, but overall very good. ADVANTAGE EVEN
U. Catolica: Cristian Alvarez, Pablo Lenci, Miguel Ramirez and Miguel Ponce are fairly secure bunch. They cover well for each other and are combative in the air. They gave up 8 goals in the first round.
Sao Caetano: Russo, Daniel, Dininho and Marco Paulo are impresive. They might be the best aerial defense left and I haven't seen them make a mistake yet. They only gave up 4 goals in the first round. ADVANTAGE SAO CAETANO
U. Catolica: Mauricio Segovia, Juan Jose Rivera, Patricio Ormazabal and Milovan Mirosevic are a consistent midfield. They hold the ball well and try to plug the middle.
Sao Caetano: Serginho, Marco Senna, Adaozinho and Ailton are very well organized and extremely disciplined. They are not as creative as when Esquerdinha commanded the midfield but still are excellent in using the wings to cross into the area for the heads of Somalia or Brandao. ADVANTAGE EVEN
U. Catolica: Daniel Perez is a dinamo that runs all over the attacking front. While Norambuena is the best Chilean center forward since Zamorano IMO.
Sao Caetano: Anailson is a superb winger almost unstopable on the dribble. Somalia and/or Brandao are area poachers that are dominant in the air. ADVANTAGE SAO CAETANO
Catolica is a good road team and will play anyone tough, but their defense might not be strong enough to contain the Sao Caetano attack. While the Brazilians will zero in Norambuena. The midfield battle and the aerial performance of the chilean defense IMO will determine the winner of this second round match up.