Universidad de Chile have progressed to the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores after defeating Libertad of Paraguay 5-3 on penalties after the tie was locked at 2-2 at the end of full time.
The home side opened the scoring when Marcelo Díaz snuck a free kick under a jumping Libertad wall in the eighteenth minute after young starlet Angelo Henríquez was brought down cynically just outside the area. However La U’s advantage did not last long as Osvaldo González put the ball into the back of his own net from a free kick from Libertad’s Victor Ayala. Moment later Jorge Nuñez had a golden chance to put the Paraguayans ahead when he broke the offside trap – only to be denied by Jhonny Herrera.
In the second half it was the home side who had the better of the chances with Eugenio Mena having a goal ruled out for offside whilst Matías Rodríguez and goalscorer Díaz both forced saves from Libertad goalkeeper, Rodrigo Muñoz. However it was Muñoz’s opposite who pulled off the most important save of the game, as Herrera pulled off a spectacular save from Pablo Velázquez in injury time to ensure that the game went to penalties. And it was Herrera who stepped up again in the penalty shootout saving the effort of Victor Ayala to help send his team through to the semi-finals where they will meet Argentinean giants, Boca Juniors.
Universidad de Chile 1-1 Libertad (the goals)
Universidad de Chile 5-3 Libertad (the penalties)