Universidad de Chile capped off a remarkable 2011 after defeating Cobreloa 3-0 in the second leg of the Clausura final to claim their third trophy of the year and their second domestic title in succession.
Needing only a draw to claim the title, los azules dominated the opening minutes giving their opponents little time on the ball much as their habit has been throughout the season. It looked like it was going to be only a matter of time before they would find the back of the net and that they duly did in the twenty fourth minute after a brilliant cross field pass from Marcelo Díaz picked out his partner in crime, Charles Aránguiz who then put it on a platter for Gustavo Canales to tap in.
The goal gave los azules the kick start they needed on the scoreboard and pretty much put the tie to bed in the next eleven minutes with two more goals including another one for the Eduardo Vargas highlight reel. The Napoli bound striker took the ball just inside his own half and then proceeded to waltz through a non-existent Cobreloa defence before beating goalkeeper Nicolás Peric with a sumptuous chip from the edge of the penalty area. The third goal was a case of poor marking by Cobreloa as Matías Rodríguez, who only came on minutes earlier for an injured Canales, was left completely unmarked in the area to slot home. To make matters for los mineros, the aforementioned Peric had to be substituted with what looked like a back injury.
With the match over in all but name only, the second half was a fairly staid affair as both teams looked like they were hoping for the final whistle. It was a half of few highlights although Cobreloa’s midfield maestro Nicolás Trecco hit the post with Jhonny Herrera beaten in the 69th minute and Eduardo Vargas forced a save out of substitute ‘keeper Luciano Palos in the 75th minute.
The win is Universidad de Chile’s fifteenth title and the fourth time they have been the bicampeon in their history.
Universidad de Chile 3-0 Cobreloa