FC impresses rival Colo-Colo

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

If Colo-Colo didn't know what to expect heading into their exhibition soccer game against FC Edmonton on Sunday, they were served noticed 12 minutes in.

A game that many believed heading in, would not challenge the Chilean giants, quickly turned into a competitive contest as defender Paul Hamilton headed home the opening goal for the local squad.

"In reality we didn't expect our opponents to be that tough," said Colo-Colo striker Phillip Araos.

"The other day we went to see them play and it didn't look like they would be that competitive. But they showed that they have a bright future to compete in the league here and hopefully they'll keep battling and good things will come to them."

Eventually Colo-Colo were able to find their form and pulled out an entertaining 4-3 victory at Commonwealth Stadium.

The club that has won 29 titles, including a South American championship in 1991, have been in town for week taking part in preseason training.

Sunday's game was their first since coming back from a break in their schedule.

"They were a team that tried to pressure us a lot, which serves us well playing these international games," Araos said.

"We're very happy, happy to have come to Canada. We find everything here is great, we're having a great time and also working very hard."

Cristian Bogado led the way for Colo-Colo with three goals, while Araos added the other. Paul Hamilton, Matt Lam and Milan Timotijevc scored for FC Edmonton.

"We were impressed with how they played, they played very well and gave us a lot of problems," said Bogado. "It was good though that we were able to get a positive result."

Bogado, a native of Paraguay, was dangerous throughout the contest and could have added to his three goals.

"In reality I was a little tired, because we've been training hard twice a day and we've been here for eight days," he said.

"This was our first game in over a month. But I thought it was good game to get started again, to find a rhythm and I'm very happy to have been able to score."


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