Universidad de Chile’s Copa Sudamericana defence looks to be on the rocks as they lost 2-0 to São Paulo on home soil in the first leg of their quarter final clash. Two first half goals to Willian and the sending off of Eugenio Mena did the damage.
São Paulo stretched the Universidad de Chile defence in the early stages of the match and they got a reward their effort deserved in the eighth minute as Willian latched onto a lofted pass from Wellington before thrashing a left-footed volley that left Jhonny Herrera flapping at thin air.
As La U pushed for an equaliser São Paulo were happy to play on the counter attack and ten minutes after their first goal a flowing counter attack caught their opponents on the back and Willian had his second goal for the night.
Just when things looked like they couldn’t get any worse for he home side Eugenio Mena was given his marching orders after he brought down Osvaldo, after he had intercepted a poor backpass from the La U midfielder. Fortunately for Universidad de Chile they managed to staunch the bleeding and went into the break with the score still 0-2.
Jorge Sampaoli brought on Matías Rodríguez for Gustavo Lorenzetti at the break and the change appeared to bring a much need solidarity to the ten man La U as they looked to drag themselves back into the game. And whilst they forced São Paulo goalkeeper into a number of saves during the second the Brazilians were happy to soak up possession and play on the counter attack and as the match progressed into its dying minutes it rather fizzled out as a spectacle.
The return leg will be played on November 7 with Universidad de Chile having much to do if they want to defend their first continental title.
Universidad de Chile 0-2 São Paulo