O’Higgins are 90 minutes away from completing an historic moment in the club’s 57-year history. Having never won a top division Championship O’Higgins take a slender 2-1 lead into the second-leg of the Apertura play-off final.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that they will have to draw or defeat Universidad de Chile in the Estadio Nacional. Thee Universidad de Chile. The same Universidad de Chile side that recovered from a 4-1 first-leg defeat to Deportivo Quito in the Copa Libertadores by running amok with a 6-0 second-leg victory. And only last week they saw Colo Colo’s 2-0 win in the Apertura semi-final first-leg and rose them with a 4-0 win in the second.
But as Jorge Osorio signalled the end of the game last night the second-leg did not seem to be at the forefront of the players and fans’ thoughts as they cavorted and celebrated a second win over La U in 2012 – another win that they deserved.
Universidad de Chile rounded off a splendid week with a comprehensive 3-0 home win against O’Higgins to continue their indomitable Clausura form, creating Chilean football history in the process. Sunday evening’s win saw La U set a new record, winning nine consecutive games; beating the previous record of eight wins in a row, achieved by Cobreloa back in 1978 and more recently Colo-Cole in 2007.
During the week La U had made the trip to Uruguay to play Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana where a confident first half performance led to a two goal half-time lead – 3-0 on aggregate – before an item thrown from the home crowd, striking a linesman, saw the game suspended and tie handed to the Chilean side; a tie with Ronaldinho’s Flamengo awaits in the last 16 of the tournament.