For the second time in a row on the road Chile copped four goals as they crashed to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Uruguay at the Estadio Centenario in what is fast becoming a rollercoaster qualification process under the managment of Claudio Borghi.
With the previous days’ shenangians out of the way, Borghi opted for a 3-4-1-2 for the match against Uruguay with Matías Fernández filling the void left by Jorge Valdivia’s absence whilst Marcelo Díaz and Matías Campos Toro made their national team debuts replacing Arturo Vidal and Jean Beauseajour respectively.
It was fairly even contest up until the first Uruguayan goal although many neutral observers would have had Uruguay ahead on points. The main reason for this was that too often the Chilean would give up cheap possession in the midfield leaving their back three exposed against a rampaging Uruguayan attack that was missing Diego Forlan. Waldo Ponce at the heart of the defence had a nightmare of a game, and one would have to question whether it’s worthwhile keeping the Mexican-based defender in the starting line-up. For the first goal he gave Luis Suárez too much time and space to fire a long range effort past Claudio Bravo who up until that time had made some crucial saves. Three minutes later the Chilean captain was totally at fault as his inability to claim a ball on the edge of the area resulted in a goal line clearance that was bundled home by Suárez as he outjumped a stagnant Ponce.
The two goals in the dying moments of the first half signalled that was more to come from the home team and in the 68th minute Suárez completed his hatrick as he got on the end of well-placed Álvaro Pereira cross to head home, again beating Ponce to the ball. Uruguay’s third goal came moments after Matías Campos Toro had a goal disallowed for offside. The heads of the Chilean players had well and truly dropped at this stage and Suárez netted his fourth five minutes later to well and truly put the tie to bed.
Next up for Chile is a home time against Paraguay on Tuesday, who won their last match 2-1 against Ecuador.
Uruguay 4-0 Chile