There will be full Chilean representation in this year’s Copa Libertadores group stage after Unión Española dispensed of Mexican side Tigres to make it a Santiago trio along with Universidad de Chile and Universidad Católica.
Leading 1-0 from the first-leg through Gonzalo Barriga’s header at the Estadio Santa Laura Española knew a draw would suffice in taking them through. However they did it the hard way. Tigres raced into a 2-0 lead before letting it unravel just as quickly, going down to ten men and La Furia Roja drawing level on aggregate. The Chileans also had a player sent off but it did not stop them from confirming their group stage place with an equaliser on the night.
In front of a raucous and expectant home crowd Tigres went for the jugular from the off. 20-year-old Alan Pulido forcing Eduardo Lobos into a fine save pushing the ball onto the post. Pulido wouldn’t have long to wait to claim his first goal of the game however. With 15 minutes on the clock Alberto Acosta cut onto his right foot and swung in an inviting delivery which only needed the slightest touch from Pulido’s forehead to send it past Lobos.