Universidad de Chile Dominate And Progress In Sudamericana

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE 5-0 REAL POTOSÍ

(UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE WIN 6-3 ON AGGREGATE)

Universidad de Chile had it all to do in the second leg of their Copa Sudamericana and they did it emphatically, sweeping aside Real Potosí with consummate ease.

Marco Antonio Figueroa made  changes to the side that drew at Palestino on Saturday with Luciano Civelli, Valber Huerta, Bryan Cortés and Ezequiel Videla all droppping to the bench. César Cortés, Pablo Magalhaes, Ramon Fernández and Rodrigo Rojas were their replacements. Potosí made changes of their own with Juan Noe and Ariel Aragón being replaced by Leonel Morales and Jon Achura. It was a very defensive line up from the Bolivians and it was clear what their game plan was.

Universidad were right up for it right from the kick off. Potosí lost the ball and had conceded a dangerous free after only 8 seconds. Fernández, recalled to the starting XI, whipped in an excellent delivery but Juan Ignacio Sills could only volley it straight at keeper Eder Jordan. It was a statement of intent from the home side and that early pressure continued. The back 5 of Potosí were being worked hard but were stopping Universidad at the last second. However, they almost went behind after only 10 minutes.

Fernández popped up on the left and delivered another lovely ball into the area. It was met by the onrushing Ruben Farfán at the back post. Unfortunately, the winger could only head the ball back across the face of goal from 6 yards and Isaac Díaz could not get a touch. It was a warning from the Chileans and a few minutes later they gave Potosí another warning.

Fernández came inside onto his right foot and, when Freddy Chispas dangled a leg out, the Argentinean midfielder went over it. There was minimal contact but referee Enrique Cáceres of Paraguay gave it Universidad’s way. Fernández dusted himself off and took it himself. He curled a lovely strike over the wall but it cleared the crossbar by inches.

Fernández was at the heart of everything dangerous for Universidad and he twice shot wide from distance as the pressure was ramped up on the Bolivian visitors. And it took a desperate piece of defending to deny Universidad the opening goal halfway through the first half.

Charles Aránguiz was midway inside his own half when he played a beautiful 60 yard pass to Farfán on the right. His low delivery was perfect for the onrushing Gustavo Lorenzetti to hit first time. However, his shot was deflected wide by a flying Morales and behind for another corner. Universidad were creating a lot of chances from crosses into the area and, on the half hour mark, they created their best one yet.

Farfán sent in a hopeful ball from the right for Díaz but neither he nor a defender could get there. Goalkeeper Jordan attempted to collect the ball low down on the edge of his 6 yard box but he inexplicably dropped it right at the feet of Díaz. The Universidad striker was somewhat taken by surprise and could only hit his shot into a prone Juan Sánchez on the ground before it was cleared for a corner. The danger wasn’t over though, as Fernández sent over the corner from the right. Incredibly, Jordan came to punch but Díaz rose about 3 yards ahead of the onrushing keeper and headed into the unguarded net. It was a soft, soft goal to concede for Potosí and it gave Universidad confidence.

And just 5 minutes before half time, it got worse for Jordan and Real Potosí. Díaz was really in the mood and he shook off two tackles as he ran into the left channel of the penalty box. Jordan attempted to collect the ball at his feet on the byline but Díaz got there first and went down under minimal contact. It was a soft penalty but a definite one. The poor keeper went into Cáceres’ book and, seconds later, he was picking the ball out of his net. Aránguiz stepped up and smashed the ball to the right, sending Jordan the wrong way and bringing Universidad level on aggregate.

Isaac Díaz after opening the scoring
Isaac Díaz after opening the scoring

The second half saw Real Potosí have to come out of their shell and get a goal to keep themselves in the Sudamericana. However, they just could not get the ball off of Universidad and were perhaps lucky not to go further behind just seconds into the second half. Farfán sent in a cross from the right which was headed clear but straight into the path of Rodrigo Rojas. The Paraguayan couldn’t keep his shot down though and it was another warning for the Bolivians.

It was comfortable for Universidad and got even more comofortable just before the hour mark. A brilliant passing move saw the ball worked to Fernández about 30 yards out. He cleverly flicked the ball away from the closing defender and, while he was caught and went down, the flick was perfect for Aránguiz. The playmaker proceeded to smash a low, hard, curling shot into the bottom corner. It was a great goal from the Chilean midfielder and it gave Jordan absolutely no chance.

The thrid goal saw Universidad just drop their intensity a little but they were never once troubled by Potosí at the back. In fact, all of the good chances in the later part of the second half fell to Universidad. Díaz, Farfán, Lorenzetti and the substitute Civelli all could have put the home side 4 up. And late on, Universidad got the chance to secure their passage into the next round.

Once again, Farfán worked some space on the right and sent a low cross right through the 6 yard box. It was one of those which caused uncertainty in the defence and it looked certain that Díaz was going to knock it in. However, he was wrestled to the ground rather cynically by Miguel Hurtado. Cáceres pointed to the spot and Hurtado was taking an early bath. Díaz stepped up this time and placed the penalty right in the bottom right corner sending Jordan the wrong way again. Universidad were on their way to the next round now and it got even better in stoppage time.

Rodrigo Rojas brought the ball forward and slipped a nice little reverse pass to Lorenzetti in the left channel of the area. It looked as though the Argentine had no real options but he unleashed a powerful strike into the roof of the net. Jordan was beaten at his near post but no keeper could have saved that. It proved to be the final bit of real action and, at full time, Universidad were on their way to the next round.

For Universidad, it was a case of a job brilliantly done and, for the first time this season, they can really say that they played well. As for Real Potosí, they will have to regroup quickly as it was just a bad day at the office for them.

Universidad de Chile: Herrera, Magalhaes, J. Rojas, Sills, Lorenzetti, Aránguiz, R. Rojas, Fernández (B. Cortés 87), C. Cortés (Civelli 72), Díaz, Farfán (Duma 90)

Subs: Marín, Videla, Huerta, Cereceda,

Goal: Díaz (31, pen 89), Aránguiz (pen 41, 58), Lorenzetti 90

Real Potosí: Jordan, Rivero (Girard 79), Sánchez, Morales, Díaz, Hurtado, Andrada, Achura (Aragón 45), Zerda, Bubas, Chispas

Subs: Lapczyk, Mancilla, Ortuño, Arias, Panozo

Yellow: Jordan, Zerda, Morales

Red: Hurtado

MAN OF THE MATCH: ISAAC DÍAZ (UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE)

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