The soccer team from the Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB), won the championship in the second version of the Universia International Cup. This is the top university soccer event that brings together 12 teams representing different Ibero-American academic institutions.
In the finals, disputed in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Chilean team once again ratified the excellent level it had shown throughout the tournament by immediately putting pressure on its rival, the Universidad de Almería of Spain. Before 15 minutes had gone by, UNAB was two-zero up on the Spanish team, both goals scored by Cristián Olivares, and the first by means of a 45-meter free kick.
The superiority of the Chilean team became evident at 32 minutes of the first half, when Francisco completed the partial score of 3-0 by a dazzling high shot that totally stumped the Spanish goalkeeper.
The partial score obtained by the Chilean team made them get overconfident and tend to relax during the initial minutes of the second half. The opportunities allowed by the UNAB defense were promptly taken advantage of by the Universidad de Almería, which scored a goal shot by Rubén Martínez. This made the suspense rise in a game that up till then had seemed doomed. UNAB, however, was not up for surprises and Guillermo Pérez scored the definitive 4-1, completing a perfect campaign for the team and winning the championship of the second version of this tournament. The first took place in 2009 in Punta del Este, Uruguay, where Chile was represented by the Universidad de Las Américas. On that occasion, the trophy went to the Brazilian team.
It should be noted that the idea of organizing a soccer tournament bringing together all Ibero-American universities arose in Chile in 2004, with the launching of the Universia Cup.
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