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Chile: La U seal title to finish perfect year (video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on December 30, 2011

Universidad de Chile crowned a fantastic year by winning the Clausura championship final last night. Following a goalless draw in the first leg played last week, “La U” saw off final opponents Cobreloa with a 3-0 score line with all of the goals coming in the first half. Gustavo Canales, Eduardo Vargas and Matias Rodriguez scored the goals which settled the championship which was La U’s 15th Chilean championship title overall.

Having won the Apertura championship title earlier in the year Universidad de Chile have arguably been the team of the year in South America, even allowing for Santos FC’s Copa Libertadores triumph, as the Chilean champions have won three domestic titles in a row as well as picking up their first international trophy in the form of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana, a tournament in which La U remained unbeaten in twelve matches.

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CONMEBOL: Universidad win maiden Sudamericana title (video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on December 15, 2011

Universidad de Chile are the deserved winners of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana. Their 3-0 second leg victory at home to LDU Quito last night completed a 4-0 aggregate win and brought with it the chance to compete in next year’s Copa Libertadores.

Eduardo Vargas, as so often in this competition, proved himself to be the hero for the Chileans. Vargas, who scored the only goal of the first leg last week in Ecuador, struck in only the third minute of the match to double Universidad’s advantage on aggregate. Second half strikes by Gustavo Lorenzetti and Vargas sealed the deal for La U who, as a result of their unbeaten run in this competition, won their first ever continental title.

Universidad de Chile have the chance to increase their trophy tally next year when facing off against 2011 Copa Libertadores winners Santos in the Recopa (South American Super Cup) and in the Suruga Bank championship which sees the Chilean champions face off against Japanese J-League Cup winners Kashima Antlers.

CONMEBOL: Vargas helps Universidad to slender lead (video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on December 9, 2011

It’s first blood to Universidad de Chile in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana final following their 1-0 first leg victory over Ecuadorians LDU Quito last night. Eduardo Vargas’s goal in the 43rd minute of the game proved the difference as the Chilean champions take a slender one goal into next Wednesday’s second leg in Santiago. For Universidad their unbeaten run in this year’s competition continues, having not lost a game in any of the eleven matches they’ve faced so far. If they maintain that record in the second leg then they will win the first continental title in their history.

CONMEBOL: Universidad set for final against LDU Quito (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on December 1, 2011

Universidad de Chile made club history last night by reaching their first ever continental final in South America. The Chilean champions defeated Brazilian giants Vasco da Gama in last night’s Copa Sudamericana semi-final 2nd leg by two goals to nil and, thus, went through 3-1 on aggregate.

Gustavo Canales and Eduardo Vargas were on hand to score the goals for Universidad who became the first Chilean team to reach a major final of a South American club competition since Colo Colo played in the final of the Sudamericana in 2006.

Vasco da Gama didn’t really threaten the Chileans on their home turf but they more than likely had one eye on the oncoming climax to the Brasileiro league season which concludes this Sunday with the Rio de Janeiro giants hoping to beat arch rivals Flamengo, and hope that league leaders Corinthians lose to Palmeiras, to win the Brazilian title for the first time in ten years.

For Universidad exciting times lay ahead. Not only do they participate in their domestic Clausura play-offs in the hope of winning back-to-back Chilean League titles, but their Copa Sudamericana final with Ecuadorians LDU Quito will take place on December 7th and 13th with the Chileans at home for the second leg.

CONMEBOL: Vasco held at home in Copa first leg (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on November 24, 2011

The first leg of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana semi-final between Brazilian giants Vasco da Gama and their opponents Universidad de Chile was played in the former’s São Januário stadium on Wednesday night. The Brazilians took the lead after half an hour through Bernardo and the goal looked like it might decide the outcome of the first match. However the Chileans managed to draw level with twelve minutes left through Osvaldo González and ensure that Universidad’s chances of winning a first continental title remain strong.

The other semi-final first leg between Argentinians Vélez Sársfield and 2009 Sudamericana champions LDU Quito will take place on Thursday night at the latter’s home ground in the Ecuadorian capital.

South America: Titles decided in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on June 13, 2011

Three domestic championships were decided in South America this weekend. Vélez Sársfield claimed their eighth Argentinian championship having defeated Huracan 2-0 on Matchday 18 with goals from Santiago Silva and David Ramírez sealing the win whilst their only title challengers CA Lanús lost 1-0 at home to Argentinos Juniors, Nicolas Blandi scoring the only goal of the game. The results meant that Vélez Sársfield have a four point lead with just one game left to play. They complete their Torneo Clausura campaign at home to Racing Club next Sunday.

WATCH HURACAN v VELEZ GOALS HERE:

In Uruguay the respective champions of the Apertura and Clausura championships, namely Defensor Sporting and Nacional, went head-to-head in a play-off. Because of the rules of the competition Nacional, whose aggregate total of points for the two championships was greater than that of their opponents, only had to win yesterday’s match to take the title whilst a Sporting win would mean a further two-legged play-off. Fortunately for Nacional they managed to defeat their title rivals by just a solitary Tabaré Viudez goal in the 19th minute to claim their 43rd championship.

WATCH DEFENSOR SPORTING v NACIONAL HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

There was also an exciting climax to the season in Chile where defending champions Universidad Católica, having enjoyed a 2-0 first leg lead in their final clash with eternal rivals Universidad de Chile, were shocked to lose the second leg 4-1. Universidad de Chile turned things around and claimed their fourteenth domestic championship thanks mainly to a Gustavo Canales hat-trick with Católica’s Juan Eduardo Eluchans scoring an own goal. Despite Lucas Pratto pulling one back it wasn’t enough as Universidad de Chile settled matters by virtue of a 4-3 aggregate win to claim the Torneo Apurtura.

WATCH UNIVERSIDAD de CHILE v UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

Chile: Top two to meet in championship final (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on June 6, 2011

Defending Chilean champions Universidad Católica have reached the Torneo Apertura final and will face-off against arch-rivals Universidad de Chile in the two-legged contest.

Universidad Católica, who finished top of the regular season standings, met sixth-placed Unión La Calera who had disposed of Unión Españolain the quarter-finals. Unión took the first leg by two goals to one but yesterday’s second leg saw Universidad scrape through to the final after Enzo Andía’s 46th minute strike helped his team to a 2-2 aggregate draw and thus go through via a superior higher league position in the regular season.

WATCH SECOND LEG HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

Things were much easier for Universidad de Chile after they swept away the challenge of O’Higgins with an 8-1 aggregate win. The first leg, played last Wednesday, was decided in Universidad’s favour with Diego Rivarola’s 67th minute goal proving the difference between the two sides. Saturday’s second leg tie, however, was a completely different story as Universidad put seven goals past their hapless opponents. Strikes from Gustavo Canales (2), Eduardo Vargas, Charles Aránguiz, Albert Acevedo, Marcelo Díaz and Rivarola settled the tie with Enzo Gutiérrez’s 8th minute opening goal proving to be a consolation in the end.

WATCH SECOND LEG HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

Both legs of the Torneo Apertura final will be played at the National Stadium in Santiago on July 9th and 12th.

Chile: Universidad Católica pip Colo Colo to the championship

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on December 6, 2010
Universidad Católica

Universidad Católica are Chilean champions for the tenth time

Universidad Católica have taken advantage of some slip-ups by record champions Colo Colo in recent weeks to register their 10th domestic championship. Universidad only needed a draw at home to relegation threatened CD Everton whilst Colo Colo could only pray that fortune was on their side in their game against Universidad de Concepción.

Due to the devastating earthquake which affected the South American country earlier in the year Chile’s football championship was turned into a larger 34-game season, as opposed to smaller Apertura and Clausura tournaments as is the norm. For Universidad the result of their game against CD Everton was never in doubt once  Fernando Meneses had given them the lead after just four minutes with Marcos Gonzalez doubling the lead to take a 2-0 lead into half-time. The second half turned into a rout with further strikes from Adan Vergara and Felipe Gutierrez as well as a second for Meneses giving Universidad a 5-0 win to win the championship in style and, thus, send their hapless opponents down to the second division in the process. Colo Colo defeated Universidad de Concepción 4-2 in their final match but the record champions finished three points behind Universidad Católica who finished the league campaign with 74 points from 34 matches.

Chile: Quadruple assault on the title (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on September 27, 2010
Cristobal Jorquera

Cristóbal Jorquera scored Colo-Colo's last-gasp winner this weekend

Chile’s football championship has reached new heights of excitement after this weekend’s round of matches as the title race begins to reach the final straight. Five points separate the top four teams with fourth place Audax Italiano announcing themselves as serious title contenders following their weekend 3-2 victory away at fellow challengers Universidad Católica. Champions Colo-Colo were the main beneficiaries of the weekend as their 2-1 away win at Deportes La Serena was complimented by the news of defeats to league leaders Universidad de Chile as well as third place Católica. Stoppage Time – International Football Blog reviews the latest action in one of South America’s top leagues.

Record champions Colo-Colo are hoping to win their 30th domestic championship this season and they took what could be a significant step towards their goal with a last-gasp victory away to Deportes La Serena. The home side had the lead following Mauricio Salazar’s goal on 33 minutes and that was how the score remained at half-time. Colo-Colo came back out in determined mood for the second half and had Esteban Paredes to thank for restoring parity just seven minutes after the break. A point would not have been bad for Colo-Colo but, in a dramatic finish to the game, Cristóbal Jorquera ensured that they got all three with a stoppage time free-kick winner to send Colo-Colo on level points with league leaders Universidad de Chile.

SEE ‘LIVE FOOTAGE’ OF JORQUERA’S WINNING GOAL HERE:

Universidad de Chile missed the chance to maintain the three point gap between themselves and Colo-Colo after going down to a 2-1 home reverse against Palestino. The visitors took a two goal lead in the first half through Juan Albornoz (9 minutes) and Gerardo Cortés (37′) before Diego Rivarola halved the deficit for the hosts nine minutes into the second half. The defeat means that Universidad have lost their last two games and thus gave Universidad Católica the opportunity to overtake both Universidad de Chile and Colo-Colo at the top of the standings but it proved to be a very difficult match at home to fourth place Audax Italiano.

Audax, who were unbeaten in their previous eleven league matches before the Católica game, were the form team amongst the top four and went on to prove this despite falling behind to an early third minute goal from Católica’s Roberto Gutierrez. Audax equalized midway through the first half thanks to Lucas Domínguez before going on to take a two goal lead immediately after the interval with Matías Campos’s goals in the 46th and 48th minutes stunning the hosts into silence. Although Católica hit back on 56 minutes with Gutíerrez’s second goal of the game it would ultimately prove not to be enough.

As a result of this weekend’s games Universidad de Chile still hold the league leadership but only by virtue of goals scored. They have 51 points from 25 games with Colo-Colo on the same number of points with a game in hand. Universidad Católica lie in third place just one point behind the top two while Audax’s win moves them to within four points of their defeated weekend opponents to keep their hopes of the title alive.

Copa Libertadores: semi-finals remain tight after first leg (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on July 29, 2010

The first legs of the Copa Libertadores have been played and both fixtures are finely poised ahead of the second legs which will be played next week. The all-Brazilian contest in Porto Alegre on Wednesday finished with 2006 champions Internacional grinding out a slender 1-0 win against four-time winners São Paulo in the Estádio José Pinheiro Borba. The goal came midway through the second half for Inter after some good work around the box led to the ball finding its way to the feet of Giuliano whose shot from just inside the 18 yard box hit the inside of a post before hitting the back of the net. On Tuesday Chileans Universidad de Chile and Mexicans Chivas Guadalajara finished in a 1-1 draw with both goals being scored early in the second half. Rafael Olarra gave the visiting Universidad side the lead after he took advantage of Chivas’ inability to clear a free-kick but la U, as the Chileans are more popularly known, barely had five minutes to enjoy the lead as the home side equalized in the 52nd minute when Omar Arellano tucked the ball home from a couple of yards out after Omar Bravo’s header was saved by Universidad keeper Miguel Perez. The second legs take place next week with Universidad de Chile hosting their second leg with Guadalajara on Tuesday, August 3rd whilst the all-Brazilian second leg takes place in São Paulo two days later.

Watch Internacional – São Paulo highlights HERE:

Watch Chivas Guadalajara – Universidad de Chile highlights HERE: