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Copa Sudamericana: LDU Quito 0 Universidad de Chile 1

9 December 2011 12:18

Universidad de Chile overcame the high altitude to beat LDU Quito 1-0 away from home in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final.

Eduardo Vargas' goal was enough to secure a first-leg lead at the Estadio de Liga Deportiva Universitaria, which sits more than 2500 metres above sea level.

After a frenetic start Universidad began to maintain possession, moving the ball about well to control the game and dictate the tempo.

Marcelo Diaz and Liga striker Claudio Bieler had speculative efforts for either side in the opening 20 minutes, with neither testing the keeper.

Quito had chances of their own, the best of which coming with five minutes of the first half left to play when Ezequiel Gonzalez put the ball on a plate for Hernan Barcos.

The Argentine made a surprisingly dreadful connection, shinning the ball over an open goal from inside the six-yard box.

Barcos' error was compounded when in the 44th minute when the visitors took the lead.

Vargas pounced on Marcelo Diaz's perfectly weighted ball, nipping between Norberto Araujo and Alexander Dominguez to get the ball.

He rounded the keeper and tucked into the open net to give the Chileans the lead with his ninth goal of the tournament.

Quito had several good chances to equalise in the second half, with Jhonny Herrera and Barcos both going close.

Ultimately they came up short as Universidad secured a huge victory that extended their unbeaten run in the league and Copa Sudamericana to 30 games and gave them a vital advantage ahead of next week's second leg in Santiago.

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