Universidad de Chile claimed their fourth Copa Chile title with a last gasp 2-1 victory over Universidad Católica in the Estadio Bicentenario de Temuco.
The clásico universitario started off at a frenetic pace with both teams getting on the scoresheet within the first twelve minutes. La U opened the scoring in the third minute as Gustavo Lorenzetti threaded one of his defence splitting passes through to Isaac Díaz, who then finished with aplomb across Cristopher Toselli. Nine minutes later Universidad Católica were back on level terms after an Alberto Acevedo error was capitalised on by Carlos Bueno who passed it off Carlos Villanueva who then set Ismael Sosa on his way, and dinked it neatly over an onrushing Johnny Herrera.
Quickly following the equaliser both teams had chances to get their second as first Universidad de Chile’s Charles Aránguiz had an effort saved by Toselli before César Cortés screwed a follow up effort wide of the mark. At the other end of the pitch Fernando Meneses hit a free kick just wide of the mark. The match turned on its head in the twenty eighth minute when Universidad Católica’s Gonzalo Sepulveda was given a straight red card for a boot to the face of La U midfielder Gustavo Lorenzetti. The incident happened right in front of referee Eduardo Gamboa and he had little hesitation in sending off Sepulveda. Lorenzetti must feel that he is a marked man after also being on the receiving end of a Luis Mena challenge in the superclásico, that saw the Colo Colo captain also sent to the stands.
Universidad de Chile were unable to make the most of the man advantage and that first half ended with the scores still level. In the second half La U did much of the attacking as their opponents looked to hit them on the counter attack. For los cruzados Cristopher Toselli was in fine form and played a large part as to why the scores remained level for as long as they did. For the last ten minutes los azules laid siege to the Universidad Católica goal as they looked to avoid a second successive penalty shootout to decide the winner of the Copa Chile. In the 91st minute they got the winner they so desired as Juan Ignacio Duma tucked away a Sergio Velázquez cross to grab a late goal in their second successive clásico and secured their fourth Copa Chile title.
The win also sees Universidad de Chile guarantee themselves a spot in this year’s Copa Sudamericana whilst Universidad Católica will now turn their attention to securing the Torneo de Transición title.
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