Copa Sudamericana 2011: U. de Chile 3-0 Arsenal de Sarandí

Unversidad de Chile have made it through to the semi-finals of the Copa Sudamericana after defeating Argentinean side Arsenal de Sarandí 3-0 in the second leg of their quarter final clash to take the tie 5-1 on aggregate and continued their impressive run in the tournament.

With Marcos González, Charles Aránguiz and Eduardo Vargas  all backing up two days after featuring in Chile’s 2-0 win over Paraguay there was some concern as to whether La “U” great run in the Copa would come to an end at the hands of their Argentinean opponents. However those fears were quickly put to bed as Eduardo Vargas capitalised on some slack Arsenal defending to open the scoring in the eleventh minute. The visitors were convinced that the goal was offside and surrounded the referee and his linesman to remonstrate but replays clearly showed Arsenal’s right back slowness to get back into position kept Vargas well and truly onside.

The tie was well and truly put to bed just before the break as Vargas, who clearly showed no signs of fatigue, made a crucial interception on the half way line before using his speed to blow off his opponents before squaring for Francisco Castro to double the advantage of los leones. Eleven minutes after the break a poor clearance by Arsenal ‘keeper Cristián Campestrini fell at the feet of Gustavo Canales who calmly slotted home for los azules third goal of the night. Arsenal’s night went from bad to worse as Luciano Leguizamón was given a straight red for an agricultural challenge on Gustavo Lorenzetti.

Awaiting in the Copa Sudamericana semi-finals is Brazilian side, Vasco da Gama.

Universidad de Chile 3-0 Arsenal de Sarandí

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