Universidad Católica progressed to the next stage of the Copa Sudamericana after they defeated Bolivian side, Blooming 3-0 in the second leg of their first round tie to win 4-1 on aggregate.After drawing the first leg 1-1, Universidad Católica got off to the start they wanted in the eleventh minute as an unmarked Hans Martínez headed home the opener after some intricate build up play following a short corner. Seventeen minutes later los cruzados pretty much put the tie to bed as Michael Ríos doubled their advantage from the penalty spot after Sexto Peralta was brought down in the area.
With the buffer of a two goal advantage Universidad Católica really hit their stride in the second half with the aforementioned Ríos combining well with Álvaro Ramos to cause Blooming numerous problems. However it was Pablo González, who had replaced Fernando Mensese on sixty-eight minutes, that put the final nail in the coffin as he capitalised on a Blooming defensive mix up to make it three on seventy-three minutes.
After the match, Católica manager Martín Lasarte said “As time passes, the team is playing better as a unit. Today we got goals, and everyone was looking upfield, but we also need to look behind us, as there will be times when things become more complicated in our own half.”
Next up for Universidad Católica will be either Colombia’s Deportes Tolima or Venezuela’s Deportivo Lara.
Universidad Católica 3-0 Blooming