BUENOS AIRES - Universidad de
Chile recovered from a two-goal first-leg deficit to beat
Universidad Catolica 4-1 on Sunday and win Chile's Apertura
In Uruguay, Nacional beat Defensor Sporting 1-0 to win the
championship, a fitting send off for playmaker Marcelo Gallardo,
who brought the curtain down on his career.
'La U', with striker Gustavo Canales scoring a hat-trick
including two penalties, won the two-leg final 4-3 on aggregate.
Catolica had midfielder Tomas Costa sent off in the 35th
minute for a second bookable offence and defender Alfonso Parot
in the 66th for a dangerous challenge.
Catolica's reserve goalkeeper Fabian Cerda was also
dismissed from the bench for dissent and Canales was sent off 11
minutes from time.
Catolica players were furious with the dismissals and tried
to attack referee Enrique Osses, who needed a police escort to
leave the pitch.
In Montevideo, midfielder Tabare Viudez scored with a free
kick in the 20th minute in the Uruguayan final between Clausura
champions Nacional and Apertura winners Defensor.
Argentine Gallardo, who played at the 1998 World Cup, spent
most of his career at his first club River Plate in Buenos Aires
with spells in France at Monaco including a Ligue 1 title in
2000 and Paris St Germain.
"It was a dream to finish this way," said 'Babyface'
Gallardo at the end of an 18-year career in which he won South
America's Libertadores Cup with River in 1996.
The 35-year-old joined Nacional last year and after injury
spoilt the Apertura for him, he became a fans favourite in the
Clausura and was given a resounding farewell on Sunday having
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