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Universidad reach first Copa final

Universidad de Chile reached their first Copa Sudamericana final by beating Vasco da Gama 2-0 in the second leg of their semi-final.

Goals from Gustavo Canales and Eduardo Vargas carried Universidad to their victory, and a 3-1 aggregate success over their Brazilian opponents.

Universidad will be competing in their first continental final when they take on Ecuadorian giants Liga Deportiva Universitaria. The first leg takes place in Quito next Thursday, December 8, followed by the return leg in Santiago on December 12.

Canales put Universidad ahead in the 30th minute after Vasco goalkeeper Fernando Prass parried a shot from Charles Aranguiz. Vasco defender Fagner was sent off after 70 minutes for elbowing Canales, with Uruguayan referee Dario Ubriaco brandishing the red card.

Universidad took advantage of their extra man two minutes later when Vargas finished off an Eugenio Mena cross for his seventh goal in this year's competition.

Universidad midfielder Marcelo Diaz told Fox Sports: "We want to clinch glory for the club. We have already made history by getting into the final.

"Liga will be very tough rivals. Playing at high altitude in Quito will not be easy and they are a team who have won a lot of international titles recently. Anything can happen."

Vasco midfielder Juninho Pernambucano said the beaten Brazilians would quickly focus on their domestic league duties as they challenge for the title.

He told Globo TV: "It's time to forget this defeat. It hurts a little bit, but we must beat Flamengo. Universidad are a good team, but not better than us."

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