Pons saved the undefeated U

The undefeated University of Chile remains in force. In a great match, those led by Gustavo Álvarez rescued a draw against Sports Iquiquea team that came with the losses of its forwards Edson Puch and Steffan Pino.

The “Celestial Dragons” team began the first half by putting pressure on the U, making it difficult for the blues on the wings with aggressive play. As a result of this, in the 4th minute the referee, with the assistance of the VAR, awarded a penalty in favor of the visitor after the handball of Renato Cordero. Was Alvaro Ramos who took responsibility and with a strong low shot to the right post of Gabriel Castellon He managed to open the scoring, even though the U goalkeeper guessed the place.

On reboot, Marcelo Morales He commanded the attack of the blues. In the 11th minute Morales He gained speed and focused, finding Cristian Palacios who remained hand in hand with Daniel Sappa, but the U forward’s shot hit the post. Those led by Gustavo Álvarez continued to seek equality and in the 38th minute Palaces He scored the tie after a good pass from Maximiliano Guerrero, but the forward was in an advanced position.

In the second part, Iquique He played an aggressive game that complicated the U in the first minutes. In the 53rd minute, the northern team extended the lead thanks to Diego Orellana, who faced the blue defenders and with a shot from outside the area managed to beat Castellón. Despite the negative scenario, the locals scored a goal a minute later.

Palaces He received a strong cross from Morales and finished at the goal with his right foot. The ball hit the crossbar and hit inside Iquique’s goal. At first the referee did not alert the play and the game continued, but the VAR ratified the ‘Chorri’ goal.

In 65′ Luciano Pons equalized the match by anticipating Sappa after a corner kick. The Argentine scored his third goal in the National Championship with a header. After this, the U dominated the match against an Iquique that retreated to defend the result. Near the end, the former Independiente Medellín had the chance to give the victory to the U, after a good pass from Guerrero, but his header went over the Iquique goal.

Thus, the U extended its undefeated record to 11 games and its lead in the lead by adding 25 points. On the other hand, Iquique remains in fourth position with 20 units. The next challenge for both will be for the National Championship when they face Union La Calera and Ñublenserespectively.

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Changes

Ronald Dela Fuente (45′, Matías Blázquez), Luciano Pons (45′, Renato Cordero), Diego Fernandez (45′, Joaquín Moya), Alvaro Delgado (78′, Enzo Hoyos), Lucas Assadi (84′, Matías Sepúlveda), Ruben Farfan (91′, Álvaro Ramos)

Goals

0-1, 7′: Alvaro Ramos0-2, 53′: Diego Orellana1-2, 54′: Cristian Palacios2-2, 65′: Luciano Pons

Cards

Referee: Diego Flores
VAR referee: Cristian Garay, Edson Cisternas
Joaquin Moya (19′, Yellow), Leandro Fernandez (48′, Yellow), Franco Calderon (51′, Yellow), Daniel Sappa (77′, Yellow), Diego Orellana (82′, Yellow), Hans Salinas (83′, Yellow), Diego Fernandez (89′, Yellow)

 
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