Ceni Rogerio the Sao Paulo captain celebrates their victory. - Koichi Kamoshida, Getty Images
Universidad de Chile are going to end their title defense with a whimper after Sao Paulo took them apart on Wednesday night.
The Copa Sudamericana's defending champions appear to be heading out of the competition following a truly disastrous home defeat against Sao Paulo. Jorge Sampaoli, renown as one of the best tacticians in South America, had no answer for the individual brilliance of the visitors' players on the night. La U went down to 10 men early in the first half after conceding twice, allowing Sao Paulo to easily win 2-0.
There was nothing that any La U defenders or that their manager's tactics could have done to stop the opening goal. Picking up a pass from Wellington in the 8th minute, Willian Jose unleashed an absolutely unstoppable strike from 25 yards to fire his side into the lead. With Universidad de Chile pushing to regain an advantage, Sao Paulo took them apart on the counter after a corner kick, with Willian Jose finishing off the move again.
Eugenio Mena was sent off for a dangerous challenge in the 25th minute, effectively ending the match and La U's campaign to retain the trophy.