With there being so many friendlies over the weekend involving Chilean national teams combined with fact that I have been away from the keyboard for the weekend I thought it would be best to combine all the action into post so you can all your action in one spot.
In the first friendly of the weekend Chile took on 2010 World Cup winners Spain in a replay of their group stage match of the aforementioned tournament with the visitors going down 3-2 after leading 2-0 at half time. Mauricio Isla opened the scoring for Chile on ten minutes after getting on the end of a brilliant forty metre cross field pass from Gonzalo Jara before slamming it past a helpless Iker Casillas. Ten minutes later they were 2-0 up as Eduardo Vargas who calmly rounded the aforementioned Casillas after being put clean through on goal by Alexis Sánchez.
Despite having dominated most of the play in the first half, you can never rest on your laurels against Spain as they found out in the 55th minute as Andrés Iniesta was given too much time and space on the ball and he fired past Claudio Bravo. Sixteen minutes later it was that man Iniesta again as threaded one of his trademark passes through a static Chilean defence for man of the moment, Cesc Fabregas to finish off and to bring the score back on level terms.
Despite being down to ten after Pablo Contreras received a straight red in the 82nd minute, it looked as if Chile would hold out for a draw before a last minute, very dubious looking penalty was awarded to Spain after Fernando Meneses was alleged to have fouled Alvaro Arbeloa. It took Fabregas two bites of the cherry to put the penalty away as his initial effort hit the post but a kind bounce put it straight back into his path to put it away. The match ended on a poor note as the two teams came together after Iniesta, who had been the difference in the second half, didn’t appreciate some of the treatment that came his way from the Chilean defence.
Spain 3-2 Chile
Whilst Claudio Borghi was in Europe, Universidad de Concepción manager, Jaime Vera took charge of a home based Under 25 side as they took on a Mexican Under 22 side in San Luis with the Chileans running out 3-1 victors. The Mexicans hit the front just before half time as Julio Navia snuck a shot past goalkeeper Christopher Toselli. However la roja hit back on the stroke of half time courtesy of Matias Campos Toro before closing out the game early in the second half as Carlos Muñoz and Junior Fernandes both found the back of the net. The action didn’t end there as both teams finished with ten as goalscorer Matias Campos Toro and Darvín Chávez both seeing red in the 64th and 79th minutes respectively
Chile (sub25) 3-1 Mexico (sub22)
In their second friendly of the weekend, Chile went down 1-0 toMexicowith an Andrés Guardado 79th minute free kick proving the difference between the two teams.
With both teams backing up after only two days both coaches made a number of changes to the starting line-ups that took to the field on Friday. For Chile their were starts for Gerson Acevedo, Miguel Aceval, Charles Aránguiz, Felipe Seymour, Nicolás Córdova, Fabian Orellana and Diego Rubio. In light of all these changes and combined with those for Mexico the first half was one of few highlights and unfortunately for the talented Rubio his night ended early due to injury and was replaced just before the half time break by Alexis Sánchez.
The second half proved to be easier on the eye as regulars for both teams made their appearance but it wasn’t until the 79th minute the either team could find the back of the net as Andrés Guardado curled a brilliant free kick past Miguel Pinto, who had replaced regular ‘keeper Claudio Bravo at half time.
Chile 0-1 Mexico