¡La “U” es el campeón!

Universidad de Chile are the 2011 Apertura champions are defeating Universidad Católica 4-1 in the second leg of the final playoff in an action packed match to take the tie 4-3 on aggregate.

Going into the tie, los cruzados had the advantage having won the first leg 2-0 and being the top placed team in the regular season only needed to draw the tie to claim their first ever bicampeónato. In contrast, Universidad de Chile needed to win by three goals to claim the title and in light of this manager, Jorge Sampaoli did what he should have done in the first leg and played the attacking triumvirate of Eduardo Vargas, Gustavo Canales and Edson Puch. The attacking mindset paid off in the sixteenth minute when Vargas was brought down by Rodrigo Valenzuela in the penalty area with Gustavo Canales putting away the resulting penalty.

Their lead didn’t last for long however as Lucas Pratto scored an opportunistic goal as he volleyed home a miscued clearance from Marcos González seven minutes later. Scores were level for only two minutes as Juan Eluchans headed the ball into the back of his own net from an azules free kick. Things then went from bad to worse for los cruzados as the hero from the first leg, Tomás Costa, turned into the villain as he picked up his second yellow card in the 36th minute.

The action continued in the second half where it left of in the first with Enzo Andía bringing down Gustavo Canales in the penalty area in the 51st minute with the Argentinian slotting home the resulting spot kick past a despairing Christopher Toselli to bring the tie back on level terms. Five minutes later the former Unión Española player completed his hat-trick as he got his toe on an Edson Puch cross to again beat Toselli to put La “U” 4-1 up on the night and 4-3 on aggregate. Despite being a man down and being thoroughly outplayed los cruzados weren’t out of it as a single goal would put the tie back in their favour. However any hope they did have went out of the window on sixty-six minutes as defender Alfonso Parot received a straight red card for a two-footed, off the ground challenge on Albert Acevedo, who had only been on the field for less than a minute. Hat-trick hero, Canales also saw red after picking up a second yellow card in the 78th minute for a challenge on Juan Eluchans. However replays indicated that he was a tad unlucky to receive his marching orders with Eluchans making the most of his attempted tackle.

In the dying moments of the match both Marcelo Diaz and Diego Rivarola had chances to put the tie well and truly to bed with both having one on one opportunities with Toselli with Rivarola being particularly unlucky as he shot came off the inside of the post before referee Enrique Osses brought the match to an end after five minutes of injury time. For La “U” it is their fifteenth title and means they will be participating in the 2012 Copa Libertadores.

U. Católica 1-4 U. de Chile (G. Canales (UdC) 16’, 51′ & 56′, L. Pratto (UC) 23′, J. Eluchans (UC) (og) 25′)

Photo taken from terra.cl
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2 Responses to ¡La “U” es el campeón!

  1. kallas1621 says:

    Fuck them, seriously, i cant be more sad and angry

  2. Pingback: Campeonato Clausura 2015: Weeks Thirteen Review | The Lone Star

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