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Eduardo Vargas scored twice against Liga de Quito in the final of the Copa Sudamericana to lead Universidad de Chile to a historic title triumph.
More than 50,000 fans witnessed Universidad de Chile thrash Liga de Quito of Ecuador 3-0 in Santiago on Wednesday to win the Copa Sudamericana, the first international title in the club's entire history.
The Chileans completely outplayed their opponents, winning the match with two goals from striker Eduardo Vargas, the highest goal-scorer of the competition, and another from Argentine midfielder Gustavo Lorenzetti at the Estadio Nacional of Santiago.
Having won 1-0 in the altitude of Quito last week, Universidad came into the title decider as the overwhelming favourites and they lived up to the expectation with an exceptional performance, which extended their unbeaten run to 35 matches.
Universidad de Chile will be desperate to win the first international title in their entire history when they clash with Liga de Quito in the Copa Sudamericana title decider on Wednesday.
Universidad de Chile face Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito of Ecuador in the most important match of their entire history on Wednesday, in which they will go for their first ever international title: the Copa Sudamericana.
Rivals Liga de Quito, on the other hand, were not only crowned Copa Sudamericana champions in 2009, but they lifted the Copa Libertadores title, South America's biggest club competition, in 2008.
Last week Universidad de Chile took a massive step towards the title, with a 1-0 victory over Liga in the first leg of the final at the Casa Blanca stadium in Quito. The Chileans only need a draw in Santiago to win the title, which would be an incredible achievement for the club.
Universidad de Chile are on the verge of winning the Copa Sudamericana after ousting Liga de Quito in the first leg of the final on Thursday.
Universidad de Chile defeated Liga de Quito of Ecuador 1-0 in the first leg of the final of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana at the Casa Blanca stadium in Quito on Thursday. With the result, the Chileans only need a draw in Santiago next week to win the first international title in their 84-year history.
The only goal of the match was converted by Universidad de Chile striker Eduardo Vargas right before the half-time whistle.
Universidad de Chile pushed to the attack immediately from the kick-off as they searched for an early goal in the thin air of the Ecuadorian capital, which sits at 2,850 metres above sea level. They looked very dangerous each time they pushed forward down the flanks, unsettling the vulnerable Liga defense with their speed.
Liga de Quito and Universidad de Chile will lock horns in what is expected to be a thrilling Copa Sudamericana final at the Casa Blanca stadium of Quito on Thursday.
Liga de Quito of Ecuador will try to take full advantage of all of their experience when they take on Universidad de Chile in the first leg of the final of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana at the Casa Blanca stadium in Quito.
Having won a host of international titles in recent years, with them being the Copa Libertadores in 2008, the Copa Sudamericana in 2009, and the Recopa Sudamericana in both 2009 and 2010, Liga will be after their latest title triumph.
Edgardo Bauza, the Argentine coach of Liga, is well aware of the fact that rivals Universidad de Chile will be hard nuts to crack, not only due to their incredible form this season, but because Liga come into the match with several injury setbacks, and a squad that has become considerably worn out.
Liga de Quito cruised into the final of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana after defeating Velez Sarsfield in Argentina for a clear aggregate victory.
Liga de Quito reached the final of the Copa Sudamericana for the second time after defeating Velez Sarsfield 1-0 at the Jose Amalfitani stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Tuesday. The Ecuadorians won the series 3-0 on aggregate over the two legs.
Edgardo Bauza's side came into the match with a comfortable 2-0 advantage from the first leg in Quito last week, and they utilised defensive tactics as they did their utmost to preserve their lead in the first half an hour.
Velez, who haven't reached the final of a major international competition since winning the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup in 1994, pushed to the attack immediately from the kick-off as they searched for a goal that would settle some early nerves.
Liga de Quito are just a step away from reaching the final of the Copa Sudamericana after beating Velez Sarsfield comfortably in the first leg of the semi-finals in Quito on Thursday.
Liga de Quito defeated Velez Sarsfield 2-0 in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana semi-finals at La Casa Blanca stadium in Quito on Thursday. Liga, who won the competition in 2009, are the favourites to reach the championship decider after claiming an excellent result.
Liga's opener appeared in the 48th minute when a Ezequiel Gonzalez drive deflected off team-mate Hernan Barcos before ending up in the back of the net. Then seven minutes from full-time Barcos received a good pass from Gonzalez and blasted the ball into the roof of the net from a difficult angle.
The opening half an hour of the match was all Liga, as the Ecuadorians piled heavy pressure on the Velez goal as they searched for an opener. They created several clear-cut opportunities to score, but failed to take advantage of them.
Liga de Quito will try to take full advantage of the 2,850 metre altitude when they entertain Velez Sarsfield in the semi-finals of the Copa Sudamericana in Quito on Thursday.
Liga de Quito of Ecuador will strive to move closer towards their second Copa Sudamericana finals appearance when they take on Velez Sarsfield of Argentina in the first leg of the semi-finals of the competition at La Casa Blanca stadium in Quito on Thursday.
Liga, who won the competition in 2009, reached the semi-finals after eliminating Libertad of Paraguay after a penalty shoot-out. The Ecuadorians have a great deal of experience under their belt when it comes to these instances, after having become one of the most competitive teams in South America in recent years.
According to Edgardo Bauza, the coach of Liga, Velez will be very difficult opponents.
"From my criteria, two very good teams will confront one another, we will try to win the match and see which possibilities we will go to Buenos Aires with," said Bauza.
Independiente defeated reigning champion Liga scoring two goals and advanced to the finals.
Facundo Parra and Hernan Fredes gave Antonio Mohammed's Diablos an important victory that allowed them to overcome the defeat suffered last week in Ecuador 3-2.
Rojos followers were overexcited by the victory and it seems such decisive victory might be enough for Antonio Mohammed to cope with his team's unsuccessful performance in the Apertura, sitting in the 18th position with 13 points.
To make things even better, Independiente celebrated an important victory at the derby against Racing this season. It seems like Independiente plays better under a strong pressure and it'll surely come in handy to defy Brazilian Goias in the fight for America most coveted title.
Facundo Parra opened the score early on the 26th minute but before the first half was over Juan Manuel Salgueiro found the equalizer.
Independiente experienced defender Eduardo Tuzzio declared that his side was superior "But the goal at the end of the first half caught us off guard. We never gave up and eventually we got what we were looking for" "We played against a major South American powerhouse but won thanks to our concentration and raging hunger for glory" added striker Facundo Parra.
Brazilian Goias waits for the winner to see who claims America's most coveted title of the year.
Liga was close from securing half a ticket for Sudamericana final in Quito last week as Edgardo Bauza's boys opened a three goals gap in less than twenty minutes as Juan Manuel Salgueiro, Miller Bolaños and Néicer Reasco beat Hilario Navarro's goal without hesitating.
Antonio Mohammed's Rojos managed to come back from such an awkward position and the two goals score playing away can be decisive in this competition.
There seems to be some kind of morbid pleasure behind Liga tight schedule, as the Ecuadorian side will be playing its third game in less than four days and such demand has had a major impact on the form of Bauza's players.
Estudiantes and Liga de Quito will once again take on each other to lift America's most challenging title.
The final match of the season will have an Argentinean and an Ecuadorian representative. Liga obtained a decisive victory 2-1 two weeks ago as local but will now have to travel to La Plata, where the Pinchas will be waiting to lean the score on their side. Estudiantes is fighting toe-to-toe with Velez Sarsfield and Arsenal at the top of Argentina's Apertura, while Liga is the undisputed leader of Ecuador's league. Watch out for Hernan Barcos, Liga's most prolific striker.
Paton Bauza is worried by this week's trip to Argentina, as numerous Liga's players are struggling with different injuries. The things that should worry Liga's manager the most is the defense, as team's classic three-man line back line might not be enough to stop Estudiantes, shall their fittest strikers be ready to perform. Team's coach believes a strong offense is the best defense, but Liga's strikers are also experiencing major physical inconveniences; Barcos might not be within the starting eleven and Miller Bolaños is caught into a disciplinary problem of consequences yet unknown.
America's two most successful squads will take on each other on Wednesday's night to see who is to be crowned America's best.
Alejandro Sabella's boys might have a lot to think on their trip to Quito, as the level of the current American champion has seriously lowered along this season. Wits its two top strikers -Hernan Rodrigo Lopez and Gaston Fernandez- injured, and Leandro Desabato and Agustin Orion forbidden from playing, the Pincha will have to find itself on Ecuadorian ground to secure at least one point prior to the big final two weeks from now. Liga was crowned champion of the 2008's edition of the Copa Libertadores and won 2009's Copa Sudamericana, obtaining their place for this challenging final, will they succeed against the Argentinean rage?
Two Libertadores champions going for another title
When Estudiantes faced FC Barcelona, the Argentinean squad was as fearsome as possible, with a sharp offensive and a solid defense, with tall defenders and fast wingers. But the current situation is radically different, as Mauro Boselli is now scoring in the Premier League and his Uruguayan replacement Hernan Lopez is at the moment unable to perform. Juan Sebastian Veron will have to take the matter into his own hands to offer his experience and finesse to break Liga's defense, one of the sturdiest ones in the continent.