Universidad Católica have advanced to the quarter finals of the Copa Sudamericana after a crucial away saw them progress against Brazilian side Atlético Goianiense despite losing 3-1 in the second leg of their tie. Los cruzados progressed on the away goals rule after the tie finished tied at 3-all.
Atlético, who are currently in last place in the Brazilian league, opened the scoring in the 14th minute courtesy of Joilson before doubling their lead in the 36th minute as Renie took advantage of Cristopher Toselli’s failure to get to a tantalising cross.
Six minutes later Universidad Católica got the all important away goal with Michael Ríos finishing off the work of Claudio Sepúlveda. Atlético Goianiense managed to level up the tie five minutes into the second half as goalkeeper Marcio slotted home from the penalty spot after Hans Martinez had given away the spot kick. The home side pushed for the goal that would see them through to the next round and they thought they had it in the 63rd minute but it was ruled out for offside. That was the closest they came and once again Universidad Católica advanced courtesy of the away goals rule.
After the match Católica’s manager Martin Lasarte, who was pleased that his team had progressed to the quarter finals, said “Football is not always about quality and having the ball on the floor. We are pleased to have progressed and we have to believe in ourselves.” He also admitted that Atlético were the better side, “Do not be fooled. It wasn’t a great game, was almost beach,” he said adding, “The classification suffered. Football has this feature. Nothing is given, nothing is easy. ”
Universidad Católica will either play Ecuador’s Liverpool or Argentina’s Independiente in the next round of the competition.
Atlético Goianiense 3-1 Universidad Católica