Fernandez sets Colo Colo on way to easy win in final

December 21, 2006

SANTIAGO, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Midfielder Matias Fernandez scored another outstanding goal to help Colo Colo beat Audax Italiano 3-0 in the first leg of the Chilean championship final on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old prodigy, who will join Villareal in Spain at the end of the year, set the Chieftains on their way when he scored with a 40-metre free kick in the 21st minute.

Fernandez's low shot flew past the wall and swerved inside the near post for his 15th goal of the tournament.

Striker Humberto Suazo added the second in the 55th minute with his 13th of the competition, holding off his marker before rifling home a shot on the turn from the edge of the penalty area.

Midfielder Rodrigo Melendez capped the performance with another exquisite goal in the 84th minute, playing a neat one-two with Mario Caceres and flicking the ball past goalkeeper Peric.

The return will be on Saturday.