Bolivian clubs win almost all their matches in the Copa Libertadores when they play at home and very few of their matches when they play away. The altitude of 12,000 feet renders most opponents ineffectual. Players stumble to the sidelines feeling dizzy, unable to breathe, desperate for oxygen.
Ben gets in the cab at Estadio Ernando Siles to take him to the airport from which he will fly back to Montreal. I leave tomorrow for Cochabamba. Saying goodbye brings a confusing mix of sorrow and relief.
During a match between Always Ready and Oriente Petrolero in el Alto, a thirty-one-year-old referee suffers a heart attack and dies.