Unión Española progressed to the group stage of the Copa Libertadores for the second successive year after defeating Mexican side Tigres 3-2 on aggregate after their second leg finished 2-2 in Monterrey.
Tigres, who unlike the first leg were fielding a full strength side, got off to the start they wanted with two goals from Alan Pulido putting the home side 2-0 up after only twenty-one minutes. The first exposed Unión’s poor marking in the area as Pulido heading home close range whilst the second saw the striker capitalise on a defensive mix-up between Rafael Olarra and goalkeeper Eduardo Lobos.
However when it all looked lost for the visitors the home side were reduced to ten men after Gonzalo Barriga was brought down in the area by Tigres captain, José Rivas in the 36th minute with Emanuel Herrera converting the resultant penalty. The visitors themselves were then reduced to ten men in the 70th minute after Mauro Díaz picked up two yellow cards in rapid succession. However that only moments later Unión Española had the equaliser they wanted as Sebastián Jaime headed home a Gonzalo Barriga cross.
The result means Unión Española will be in Group 3 with fellow Chileans Universidad Católica for the second successive year as well as Junior de Barranquilla from Colombia and Bolívar from Bolivia.
Tigres 2-2 Unión Española