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Football: Unheralded O'Higgins win first Chilean title after 58-year wait

Published on Dec 11, 2013 5:52 PM

(REUTERS) - Unsung provincial club O'Higgins won the Chilean football championship for the first time after beating favourites Universidad Catolica 1-0 in a play-off.

Pablo Hernandez netted the only goal of Tuesday's match in Santiago's Estadio Nacional, scoring with a shot on the turn after a free kick was lobbed into the area from the left.

The two teams had finished the Apertura championship level on points, forcing a play-off as goal difference is not used to settle the championship.

O'Higgins, founded 58 years ago and named after Chilean independence leader Bernardo O'Higgins, won the title despite not being able to play any matches in their own stadium, which is being modernised.

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