Unless they pull off a whooping of a lifetime -- and let's be honest, this is not impossible -- pre-tournament favorites Universidad de Chile appear to be crashing out of Copa Libertadores. They were very poor and let their frustrations get the better of them in a chippy match in Ecuador. Deportivo Quito made the most of their mistakes and played some great football, going on to a 4-1 win.
La U manager Jorge Sampaoli was sent off just 20 minutes into the match, not long before Matias Alustiza scored the opener for Deportivo Quito. However, less than one minute following the ensuing kickoff. La U were handed a big advantage when Benito Olivo Gonzalez picked up his second yellow card in seven minutes, putting the Chileans up a man. They responded quickly with a goal by Matias Rodriguez in the 36th minute.
From there, it was all downhill for La U. That goal would be their last shot on target. Just before the halftime whistle, Deportivo Quito found a goal through Luis Armando Checa, a disheartening goal for La U. The second half was an absolute disaster for the defending Sudamericana champions, as they allowed two more goals and Osvaldo Gonzalez picked up a red card.
La U is stellar at home in Santiago and a 3-0 win in the return leg is hardly out of the question, but they're close to bowing out of the competition earlier than anyone expected.