It may have have ended 0-0 but there were plenty of talking points from the first leg of the Clausura final between Cobreloa and Universidad de Chile in Calama yesterday with most of the controversy surrounding referee Eduardo Gamboa.
After what was a fairly lacklustre first half where both teams seemed to be a little overwhelmed by the occasion it all kicked off in the second half. The increase in action in the second half was mainly down to Cobreloa being more adventurous in their endeavours as they looked to make best use of the hot conditions and as their more fancied opponents wilted in the heat. And it was in the 61st minute that the home side thought they had grabbed the lead as a goal mouth scramble after a Diego Barrios header had hit the crossbar. However, referee Eduardo Gamboa ruled the goal out believing that Universidad de Chile goalkeeper Jhonny Herrera had the ball under control with his legs. Replays cleared showed that referee had got it wrong as Herrera never had control of the ball with either of his legs or hands.
Whilst they may have ridden their luck with the disallowed goal, La “U” spent the latter stages of the match without their manager after Jorge Sampaoli was sent to the stands after a rather vociferous barrage aimed at the referee after a contentious decision. However, in the end Sampaoli’s absence had a little effect as neither team could create any clear cut chances in the dying moments of the match and the match remained scoreless.
The return leg will be played on Thursday in the Estadio Nacional.
Cobreloa 0-0 Universidad de Chile