The match was at home for Bolivia, in La Paz. Conditions were harsh, a 3650 meter altitude along with a substandard field played a big factor. It was assumed that the task wouldn't be so complicated for Chile. They didn't play so well in the first half, but Charles Aránguiz (Universidad de Chile) managed to score during the last few seconds before the first half ended. Their pace improved during the second half when Bolivia was reduced to 10 men after Luis Gutierrez was sent off in the 54th in a straight red card for making a strong foul on Alexis Sanchez. Arturo Vidal scores in the 83rd minute, shortly after Eduardo Vargas get substituted in for Suazo. Overall, Chile suffered more than what was needed to stay within the 2-0 win against a weak opponent, currently poor in football, and without tactical variants. This victory currently puts Chile in second place standings behind Argentina in the South America qualifiers for the Brazil 2014 World Cup. Chile is scheduled to play their upcoming qualifier match next week against Venezuela on 6/9/12, 6:35PM EST.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
In a match that had everything, Chile tied with Ghana at PPL Park in Philadelphia, where Claudio Borghi set off speculations to an alternative route for the future in Brazil 2014. Chile came out strong and with vigor led by Matias Fernandez that was active and important piece'd up with Gary Medel, the best on the field. Alexis Sanchez also proved his quality at times but abused his leadership. Despite this, Ghana had the clear advantage over Chile in the first half with a header from John Paintsil that shook Claudio Bravo. Until the 41 ', Jose Rojas was caught by Richard Mpong and beat Bravo with right cross for 1-0. At 60 ', Matthew Campos was expelled for a second yellow when he fouled Sanchez in the penalty area, resulting in a penalty kick, taken by Matías Fernández who scored the equalizer. In summary, Borghi took this match as a preparation and training for his team to reach the 2014 World Cup.