Universidad de Chile has missed out on the chance to pick up its second international trophy after losing to Japanese side Kashima Antlers on penalties in the Copa Sugura Bank last night.
The match started in frantic fashion and it was Kashima, who were playing at home, who opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute as Daiki Iwamasa headed home a Mitsuo Ogasawara free kick. Five minutes Kashima doubled their lead courtesy of a long range effort from Brazilian Renato. Universidad de Chile managed to pull one back just before the half time break as earlier goalscorer Iwamasa turned an Eugenio Mena cross into his own net.
La U came out full on intensity in the second half and created plenty of chances as they pushed for an equaliser. However it wasn’t until the 72nd minute that they were back on level terms as Charles Aránguiz scored from the penalty spot after the aforementioned Mena was brought down in the area after some good build up play. The scores remained level at two apiece until full time and a penatly shootout was required to separate the two teams.
In what was an enthralling shootout it was the unlucky thirteenth penalty taken by La U’s Francisco Castro had his penalty saved by Hitoshi Sohagata before Daigo Nishi stepped up to score the winner for the Japanese side. The win by Kashima is the third Copa Sugura Bank trophy for Japanese sides to South America’s two.
Kashima Antlers 2-2 Universidad de Chile
Kashima 7-6 Universidad de Chile (penalty shootout)