There was a period of some pressure from Coritiba in which they forced several corner kicks, but solid defence, and some clean handling from United goalkeeper Jonathan Sutherland, kept the scoreline level.
The Reds worked the ball down both flanks and probed away for an opening at the other end, with both Ben Pearson and Adnan Januzaj, catching the eye with their ability to beat a man and look for the quick ball to release the strikers. The first goal arrived after 28 minutes when Wilson again roared away from Coritiba's big central defenders misjudging the flight of the ball and this time slipped the ball easily past the advancing 'keeper.
With Charni Ekangamene influential in midfield, United were dominating the game and it came as no surprise when the lead was increased just three minutes before half-time. Gyliano van Velzen received the ball wide out on the left hand side of the pitch, drove down the wing and then cut in, beating his marker with pace. As he reached the goal line he was able to lay the ball back into the path of Wilson who had the simple task of firing into the net.
At the interval, Joyce replaced van Velzen, who had taken a knock on his ankle, with Jack Barmby. Minutes after the restart, Pearson received a yellow card for dissent, much to the annoyance of the United coaches. Tyler Blackett was also on the receiving end of the referee’s wrath when he and a Coritiba forward both flew into a fifty-fifty tackle. If anything, a free-kick should have been awarded to the Reds, but the referee deemed otherwise and booked the United defender.
The Reds went further ahead on 55 minutes when Liam Grimshaw won the ball midway in the Coritiba half and released a quick pass through to Wilson. The tall striker did the rest, taking