Chile completed its two match European sojourn with a 2-0 win over continental rivals Colombia in Holland today and in the process racked up Claudio Borghi’s first win as national team coach. Getting on the scoresheet for La Roja were Matías Fernández and Jean Beausejour in what was a fairly entertaining encounter.
Borghi only made one change to the starting line-up that drew 1-all with Portugal on the weekend with Héctor Mancilla replacing Carlos Carmona. The inclusion of the Tigres striker meant that the aforementioned Beausejour slotted back into his more familiar left wing position and was a much more valuable contributor than on the weekend.
Chile didn’t have to wait as long to get on the scoresheet as Matías Fernández, who has looked rejuvenated under his old manager, curled in an excellent free kick after only six minutes. Whilst it wasn’t as spectacular as his effort on the weekend it was still a sumptious curling free kick. Chile’s second goal came on the half hour mark in a brilliant example of counter attacking football that included Mancilla, Fernandez and Alexis Sánchez and was finished off Beausejour.
Whilst the second half didn’t have the goals of the first it was still entertaining as the Colombians looked to get on the scoresheet. If it wasn’t for some poor finishing and some excellent work by Chilean ‘keeper Claudio Bravo they could have very well found themselves back on level terms. It also highlighted some of the defensive frailities of Borghi’s use of a back three and it is definitely something that will need to be looked at for the future. Overall however Borghi’s reign as manager has started off exactly as he would have liked.