Chile got its first win of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers after defeating Perú 4-2 in front of their home fans in the Estadio Monumental in a performance that was in stark contrast to the performance four days earlier against Argentina.
With Gary Medel back from suspension it was a much different lineup than the side that took to the field against Argentina and more balanced one at that. Joining Medel in the starting XI were Eduardo Vargas, Marcos González at the expense of Mauricio Pinilla, Carlos Carmona and Matías Fernández. It was a much more balanced 3-4-1-2 formation with the partnership of Medel and Arturo Vidal at the base of the midfield adding some much added steel with Jean Beausejour and Mauricio Isla providing the width on the right and left respectively. Sitting behind the two strikers, Humberto Suazo and Eduardo Vargas was Jorge Valdivia who pulled the strings all night and was the fulcrum of most of Chile’s attacking forays. González, who had come on as a substitute against Argentina, joined Gonzalo Jara and Waldo Ponce in what was a much more solid back three.
Chile got off to the start they wanted on home turf with Waldo Ponce heading home in the second minute after Arturo Vidal flicked on a well taken Jorge Valdivia corner. La roja soon doubled their lead after some earlier interplay between Beausejour and Valdivia sent the winger on his way to the byline where he crossed to Eduardo Vargas who beat Peruvian goalkeeper Raúl Fernández to the ball. As the half wore on the match became more open with the visitors unlikely not to find the back of the net themselves, hitting the post on at least a couple of occasions but the score remained 2-0 to Chile at the break.
The start of the second half got off to a frenetic start as first Gary Medel unleashed a thunderous strike in the 48th minute from well outside the area to extend Chile’s lead to three. But la roja had little time to celebrate as Perú pulled one back courtesy of Claudio Pizarro a minute later which was about what the visitors deserved for their efforts. Eleven minutes later Perú exposed Chile’s inability to defend set pieces as Jefferson Farfán got a faint touch to a Juan Vargas free kick to cut the home side’s lead to one although some blame can put at the feet of Claudio Bravo who should have made a better fist of clearing the ball from the area. Three minutes later Chile’s two goal advantage was restored with Humberto Suazo slotting home a penalty after Jorge Valdivia was brought down in the area. And that’s where the scoring finished although both teams had their chances to add more goals to their tallies.
Next up for Chile are a tough set of matches against Paraguay and Uruguay with the matches being played in a month’s time.
Chile 4-2 Perú