Universidad de Chile created their own bit of history yesterday as they made their first ever continental trophy final as they defeated Vasco da Gama 2-0 in the second leg of their semi-final to progress through to the final of the Copa Sudamericana.
After drawing 1-1 in the first leg, los azules dominated early proceedings against their Brazilian opponents and were rewarded for their efforts in the 30th minute when Gustavo Canales capitalised on Vasco’s inability to clear their area to open the scoring. It was much of the same in the second half for the home side but it wasn’t until the 72nd minute that they put the game beyond doubt as Eduardo Vargas made one of his trademark runs to get on the end of a Eugenio Mena cross. The goal came two minutes after Vasco da Gama had been reduced to ten men after Fagner had been given a straight red card for an elbow to the face of goalscorer Gustavo Canales.
Universidad de Chile will face LDU Quito in the final, after the Ecuadorians defeat Vélez Sarsfield in their semi-final. The first leg will be played in Quito on the 8th December with return leg on 14th in the Estadio Nacional.
Universidad de Chile 2-0 Vasco da Gama