SANTIAGO: Universidad de Chile have won the Copa Sudamericana – the continent’s equivalent of the Europa Leage – after beating Ecuador’s LDU of Quito 3-0 in the second leg of the final in the Estadio Nacional in Santiago.

‘U’ won the first leg 1-0 and thus secured, by a 4-0 aggregate, the first international trophy in the club’s history.

Eduardo Vargas opened the scoring after only three minutes to extend the aggregate lead. As LDU grew more desperate Argentinian Gustavo Lorenzetti broke away to score a second in the 80th minute. Vargas scored his second goal seven minutes later.

Vargas, who had been outstanding throughout the tournament, was its 11-goal overall top scorer.

Santos of Brazil won the Copa Libertadores earlier this year and face Barcelona of Spain in the Club World Cup Final in Tokyo at the weekend.