Tuesday, 12 March 2013 22:40
One week after beating them handily, La U fell 2-0 to the Newell's Old Boys.
After winning easily against Argentine side Newell's just one week earlier, Universidad de Chile lost a shocking 2-0 against the Old Boys on Tuesday in the 2013 Copa Libertadores.
But it wasn’t for a lack of trying. La U put on a dominant performance, outplaying and outshooting their opponents for a majority of the game.
In the opening minutes of the match, Universidad de Chile appeared at ease before their home crowd of almost 35,000 fans. La U successfully controlled the ball in both ends, creating several decent scoring chances that only narrowly missed the net.
But it was the Old Boys who would score a surprising first goal of the game, as Maximiliano Rodríguez buried one on a pass from Ignacio Scocco in the 19th minute of the match.
The goal didn’t discourage Universidad de Chile, who continued to put the pressure on Newell's. La U dominated the remainder of the first half, but failed to find the equalizer.
Tempers flared in the final minutes of the half, with Newell's defender Marcos Cáceres receiving a yellow card for an aggressive play on Universidad de Chile’s Isaac Díaz, who also received one for unsportsmanlike behavior.
In the second half, Universidad de Chile continued to put on a strong performance, but Newell's managed to play a more defensive game and fight La U off.
In the 72nd minute, La U appeared to be on the brink of getting the tying goal, but fans were disappointed as César Cortés narrowly missed the net on an excellent pass from Sebastián Ubilla.
But in the 83rd minute, the game was over. Newell's Martín Tonso secured his team the victory, scoring on a powerful kick from well outside the goalkeeper’s area.
In the final minute of the match, Newell's Nahuel Guzman pulled off an impressive save and, with additional help from the goalpost, keeping La U off the scoreboard.
The game would eventually end 2-0, marking a disappointing and surprising loss for Universidad de Chile.
Universidad de Chile’s next Copa Libertadores match is scheduled for April 4 in Santiago against Paraguay’s Club Olimpia.
By Alicja Siekierska (email@example.com)
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