La “U” and Unión La Calera with the advantage

The first legs of the semi-final provided a fair dose of drama and excitement with Universidad de Chile and Unión La Calera both winning to tentatively put one foot in the door of the final.

Universidad de Chile grabbed the advantage after the first leg of their semi-final tie against O’Higgins after defeating the home side 1-0 inRancagua. A 67th minute goal to Diego Rivarola means O’Higgins will have to win by two clear goals on Saturday in the Estadio Nacional to progress to the final.

The main talking points of the match were the sending off of O’Higgins’ Juan Luis González for a foul (foul in name only if you watch the highlights below) on Eduardo Vargas in the 32nd minute and a disallowed goal by Juan Gonzalo Lorca for being offside in the 38th minute. The performance of referee Claudio Puga so incensed O’Higgins’ manager, Ivo Basay that he confronted him at both half and full time.

In the second semi-final Unión La Calera made it two from two against Universidad Católica this season after defeating the title favourites 2-1 in the Estadio Nicolás Chahuán on Thursday afternoon. The result means los cruzados will have to win the return leg on Sunday to join either O’Higgins or Universidad de Chile in the final.

Making it more difficult for Católica will be the fact that they will be without captain, Milovan Mirosevic and Rodrigo Valenzuela, who both received reds cards in the match. Mirosevic saw red in the 63rd minute after receiving his second yellow card whilst Valanzuela was given his marching orders for stamping on Ramón Fernández in the 82nd minute.

Earlier Mirosevic had pulled a goal back for Católica after two goals in three minutes from Francisco Bahamondes and Gonzalo Barriga had put La Calera 2-0 after twenty-seven minutes.

Primera División Campeonato de Apertura 2011, semi finals (first leg)

O’Higgins 0-1 U. de Chile (D. Rivarola (UdC) 67′)
U. La Calera 2-1 U. Católica (F. Bahamondes (ULC) 25′, G. Barriga (ULC) 27′, M. Mirosevic (UC) 35′)

O’Higgins 0-1 Universidad de Chile

Unión La Calera 2-1 Universidad Católica

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