Universidad de Chile bounced back from its poor start to its Copa Libertadores last week with a 5-1 demolition of Argentinian side Godoy Cruz with Junior Fernándes grabbing a hat-trick in the process.
In what was an entertaining first half it was Godoy Cruz who could have opener inside the first couple of minutes after a mix-up between José Rojas and Jhonny Herrera provided Facundo Castillón with a golden opportunity but his lob sailed just over the crossbar. However it was the home side who controversially opened the scoring in the 29th minute as Junior Fernándes and Godoy Cruz goalkeeper Sebastián Torrico tussled over the ball on the ground before it sprung loose for the striker to slot home. Five minutes later the home side doubled their lead as Gustavo Lorenzetti was left unmarked at the back post to head home from a corner. Then on the stroke of half time Junior Fernándes had his brace and his side’s third goal as headed home powerfully from a cross from the aforementioned Lorenzetti.
Early in the second half the visitors pulled one back after Leonardo Sigali was the first to react after Nicolás Sánchez’s shot came crashing back off the crossbar to head home past Herrera as they look to get themselves back into the contest. Unfortunately for them the game was put beyond doubt in the 72nd minute as Fernándes grabbed his hat-trick after calmly slotting through the legs of Sebastián Torrico after being put through by a fantastic through ball from Lorenzetti. The final nail in the Godoy Cruz coffin came in the dying moment of the match as youngster Ángelo Henríquez slammed home the fifth goal after being sent on his way by Eugenio Mena.
Universidad de Chile 5-1 Godoy Cruz