After defeating Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario last weekend, Universidad de Chile couldn’t repeat the dose on home soil as the Argentineans gained revenge with a 2-0 win in the Estadio Nacional in the latest Copa Libertadores action.
The match began in a tight fashion and if anything it was the visitors who slightly held sway. Any dominance, however slight it may have been, that the team from Rosario increased somewhat in the twentieth minute as Maxi Rodriguez opened the scoring as he got on the end of an Ignacio Scocco cross-shot at the back post.
La U, as their want, tried to hit back almost immediately and they thought they had done so courtesy of Gustavo Lorenzetti, a former Rosario Central player, but his effort was spectacularly saved by Newell’s goalkeeper, Nahuel Guzman. Sebastián Ubilla also had a chance to equalise in the 38th minute but again Guzman came to the rescue of his side.
In their encounter the previous week it appeared that Universidad de Chile had returned to the form of the Sampaoli years but this week they looked bereft of ideas. During the second half manager Dario Franco looked to increase La U’s attacking threat by bringing on César Cortés and Nicolás Maturana but it was all to no avail as Martin Tonso’s effort in the 83rd minute proved too powerful for Johnny Herrera in the La U goal and Newell’s had their second of the night.
The result sees La U drop to third position in their group only a point behind group leaders Olimpia and behind Newell’s on goal difference.