Coming From Behind, A Stunning Save & Player of the Month – The Chilean Experience Week 4

Another week and another roundup from Eion Smith on Universidad de Chile’s week…




A quiet week for Universidad de Chile with just the one game but it was a difficult one away at Ñublense. Universidad almost fell to a defeat but Isaac Díaz saved the day late on to ensure that the recent unbeaten run stretched to 4 games.


I am going to start this weeks thoughts with a confession – I did not watch all of the game on Sunday night. Sadly my energy was all used up from a long day of travelling and walking. However, I did catch some highlights to try and round out my thoughts a bit for you all. So sorry about that.

From what I saw the game at Ñublense was very even and therefore I must give credit to Ñublense. They worked hard and gave La U many, many problems throughout. However, my biggest piece of praise has to go to Ñublense keeper Lucas Giovini. About 20 minutes in a ball was played into the box and Isaac Díaz met it with his head. It was heading into the bottom corner but, incredibly, Giovini stopped that from happening. It was truly one of the best saves I have seen in a while. It looked for all the world that he wasn’t going to get there but he just clawed at it and stopped it down low with his fingertips. It was a truly astonishing piece of agility and reactions from Giovini.

Another interesting thing from the match was the fact that Universidad were never ahead and instead were behind twice. Add in the point that Universidad gained a point and I have to say that this is a great sign indeed. The character of the team cannot be questioned after a performance like that. This will continue the feelgood vibe that the team has been giving off in the last few games and will also give them confidence moving forward. The near future continues to look bright as a La U fan.

Finally, a quick announcement on Player of the Month. This will be done in a separate post later on today. I felt like doing so because I wanted to make that a bigger deal than it would have been if it was just a small paragraph at the bottom of these posts.


Week 5 sees Universidad enjoy home comforts in both of their games. First, they entertain Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle in the Copa Sudamericana Second Round before they are visited by Antofagasta in the league.

There is Week 5 of The Chilean Experience. If you enjoyed it or want to leave feedback then you can either down below or over on Twitter (@LongBallFoot). Also, let me know if you have been watching Universidad de Chile and who your Player of the Month is.



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