Copa Libertadores 2012: U. Española 1-1 U. Católica

Two goals in six minutes saw Unión Española and Universiad Católica share the spoils in a spiteful and controversial match held in the Estadio Santa Laura.

Going into the match Universidad Católica were in need of a win in order to stay in contact with their opponents, who were also the leaders of the group. In what was a fairly even contest where both teams had their chances to open the scoring, it was los cruzados who took the lead in the 38th minute as Enzo Andia got on the end of a perfectly place free kick from Michael Ríos.

Unfortunately for the visitors their joy was short lived as goalkeeper Cristopher Toselli was adjudged to have fouled Jorge Ampuero in the area and referee Claudio Puga duly pointed to the penalty spot. The drama didn’t end there as Toselli thought he had redeemed himself as he saved Emanuel Herrera’s spot kick but the aforementioned Puga ruled that there had been encroachment by Universidad Católica players and ordered a retake. Herrera didn’t make the same mistake second time around and duly brought the game back on level terms.

In the second half both teams had their chances to grab the win but unfortunately neither team could find the winner. The night got worse for los cruzados as Francisco Silva received his marching orders in the 88th minute after he picked up his second yellow card for the night. The result means Unión Española are in top spot in their group four points ahead of their rivals, who have drawn all their matches so far in the competition.

Unión Española 1-1 Universiad Católica

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