Española started this weekend’s round on top of the division, leading Universidad Católica by the narrowest of margins on goal difference. The two teams were tied on 29 points Saturday morning, but with Católica’s dramatic capitulation in Wednesday’s Copa Chile final, the stage was set for Española to pile further pressure on its cross-town rival.
Universidad de Chile win tough Copa Chile Final against rivals Universidad Católica.
Both teams went into this crucial “Clásico Universitario” evenly matched. Universidad Católica had been enjoying a good run in the league of late while Universidad de Chile was fresh from its dramatic “Superclásico” win over Colo Colo. The two Santiago teams are still in contention for the Primera Division top-spot but it was Universidad de Chile who took home the first trophy of the season in a frenetic match that saw it come out as deserving winners.
Universidad de Chile and Universidad Católica to face off in Copa Chile final.
Wednesday evening will see Universidad Católica defend its Copa Chile title against arch rival Universidad de Chile. This “clásico universitario” marks the first of the season’s two meetings between the rival clubs, with Universidad Católica hosting “La U” later this month at the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo in the Torneo Transición.
Brazil fail to inaugurate new World Cup stadium in style as 'La Roja' fight for a draw.
Chile seemed undeterred by the fallout from Charles Aránguiz’s controversial removal from the squad, putting in an impressive performance to draw 2-2 away in Brazil. Coach Jorge Sampaoli’s charges can take away a positive result with their display against the five-time World Cup winners ahead of a crucial qualifying double header.
Coach Jorge Sampaoli faces first controversy as Charles Aránguiz fails to join squad on time for training session.
Chile traveled to Belo Horizonte in Brazil on Monday in anticipation of a friendly inaugurating the renovated Mineirao Stadium, ahead of its use in the 2013 Confederations Cup and next year’s World Cup. However Sampaoli’s preparations in only his third game at the helm of “La Roja” were disrupted somewhat by disciplinary issues surrounding Universidad de Chile midfielder Charles Aránguiz.
Huachipato strike late to rescue a draw but result not enough to prevent its elimination in game marred by violent brawl.
Huachipato, knowing nothing but a victory would secure its progression to the Copa Libertadores Round of 16, could only muster a draw against Brazilian side Gremio despite an impassioned late fightback. It is the first time since 2008 that Chile has not had a single representative in the knockout stage of the Copa Libertadores.
After defeating Unión Española in penalties, Universidad de Chile sets up a monumental match-up against Universidad Católica.
Wednesday night’s Copa Chile semi-final match between Universidad de Chile and Unión Española was so close it needed extra time to decide a winner, with “La U” coming out on top after a nail-biting penalty shootout.
Huachipato seeks to salvage some pride for Chile in the Copa Libertadores.
Huachipato, now Chile’s sole remaining representative in the Copa Libertadores, looks ahead to a pivotal match against Brazilian side Gremio, in an encounter that will determine whether it progresses to the next stage.