La U got off to the better start and had plenty of opportunities in the first half to draw first blood. Unfortunately for them they found Christopher Toselli in the form of his life in the Católica’s goal, denying them on countless occasions. As with all clásico universitarios there were plenty of tackles flying in, with los cruzados’ Felipe Gutiérrez on the end of a number of crunching tackles from various opponents. However, it was los azules who had to make the first substitution after Matías Rodríguez was substituted after forty-one minutes after not being able to recover from what was a fairly innocuous challenge.
Come the second half, Universidad Católica made their opponents pay for their prolificacy in front of goal as Tomás Costa strolled through a non-existent Universidad de Chile defence from deep within in his own half to open the scoring on fifty-eight minutes. The goal seemed to take the wind out of La U and it was hardly surprising that in the ninety-first minute, Milovan Mirosevic, who has scored six goals in the last five clásico universitarios, popped up to score a decisive second goal.
The return leg will be played on Sunday afternoon with Universidad de Chile needing to win by three goals to take out the titles. As I have been informed by one of my readers, there are no penalty shootouts this season (for which I am very disappointed) and that if the scores are level come the end of ninety minutes on Sunday, the highest ranked team of the regular season will take the title. Not sure if I agree with that as a way of deciding a final but it is definitely advantage Católica.
U. de Chile 0-2 U. Católica (T. Costa (UC) 59′, M. Mirosevic (UC) 91′)