Sebastián Pinto was the hero for Chile as he scored a hat-trick in their 3-2 defeat of Paraguay in a friendly held on Wednesday night in La Serena.
Both teams were solely made up of home-based players and with the match falling in between the Clausura semi-finals there were no representatives from either Cobreloa, Colo Colo, Universidad de Chile or Universidad Católica in Claudio Borghi’s match day squad.
Chile dominated much of the first half but were quite profligate in front of goal with only Pinto’s 19th minute goal from a Matías Campos Toro cross the only reward to speak of come the half-time whistle. The second half was a much different affair as a 51st minute saw the home side reduced to ten men after Michael Contreras received two yellow cards in rapid succesion, with the first one being for a foul that resulted in a penalty to Paraguay and the second for vehemently protesting his innocence. After Contreras finally made his way from the field, Edgar Benitez levelled up the scores from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute.
Four minutes later la albiroja took the lead as Julio Manzur headed home from a corner before Chile levelled things up from the penalty spot six minutes later courtesty of Pinto after Matías Campos Toro was body checked in the area. In the 74th minute Pinto had his hat-trick as he rose above his marker to head home a Junior Fernandes cross. Both teams finished the game with ten men after Paraguay’s Fidencio Oviedo received a second yellow card in the 86th minute.