Alexis Sánchez scores twice for Chile. Claudio Bravo saves penalty for Chile. Chile take advantage of FIFA lifeline after Bolivia scandal.
- Alexis Sánchez scores twice for Chile.
- Claudio Bravo saves penalty for Chile.
- Chile take advantage of FIFA lifeline after Bolivia scandal.
Claudio Bravo, and Alexis Sánchez lead Chile to a decisive victory over Uruguay on matchday 12 of South American World Cup qualifying.
Chile vs Uruguay 3-1
Goals: 1-0 Cavani (17’), 1-1 Vargas (45’) 2-1 Sánchez (60’) 3-1 Sánchez (75’)
Uruguay began the match with real purpose, as FC Barcelona’s Luis Suárez and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edison Cavani combined twice in the early stages, but the PSG forward missed the net on both occasions. Uruguay kept the foot on the peddle with Carlos Sánchez curling the goal just wide of the goal. At this point it was only a matter of time for Uruguay to score, and Cavani would finally break the deadlock with a brilliant finish from 12 yards out. Chile needed time to recover from Uruguay’s ferocious start, but Eduardo Vargas equalized the score just before the interval.
Both sides became entrenched in midfield battles at the start of the second half. Then on the hour mark Alexis Sánchez would give Chile the lead when he turned a defender inside out, and unleashed a shot on net, which dipped underneath Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera, who should have done better to save the shot. Chile had chances to double their advantage, but Vargas’ close range shot hit the side netting, and on the other side Matías Vecino almost equalized the score for Uruguay. Instead it was Sánchez, who would put the match to bed for Chile with 15 minutes to go, as he rounded Muslera for a wonderful breakaway goal. With three minutes to go Uruguay were awarded a penalty, but Suárez’s penalty was brilliantly saved by Claudio Bravo.
Man of the Match
Alexis Sánchez was magnificent, as the Arsenal FC star got scored twice, including the winner, to secure three much needed points in South American World Cup qualifying.
Chile vs Uruguay – Talking Point
Before this round of World Cup qualifying Chile was handed a lifeline by FIFA, as the football world governing body turned Chile’s 0-0 against Bolivia to a 3-0 victory for Chile, after Bolivia fielded an ineligible player. The additional two points moved Chile from seventh to fifth place, and after a 0-0 draw against Colombia, and a decisive victory against Uruguay Chile are now back on course for Russia 2018.
Chile vs Uruguay – Match Stats
- Eduardo Vargas’ 32nd goal means he is now the fourth highest scorer in Chile’s history.
- Vargas remains behind Sánchez, however, who is now second in all time scoring with 36 goals.
- Sánchez is now only one goal behind Chile’s all time top scorer Marcelo Salas, who has 37 goals.
Bravo – Isla, Jara, Mena Beausejour – Hernandez, Vidal (Valencia 57’), Díaz- Fuenzalida (Roco 74′), Vargas, Sánchez (Castillo 83’)
Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi
Muslera – Silva, Coates, Godin, Pereira – Vecino, González (Lodeiro 77′), Sánchez (Ramírez 64’) – Areválo Ríos – Suárez, Cavani
Coach: Óscar Tabárez