Chile 1 Ghana 1

Chile shared the spoils with Ghana with a 1-1 draw in what was a weird and wonderful friendly held in a wet and windy Philadelphia.

Claudio Borghi sent his team out in what was essentially a 3-4-1-2 formation with a back three comprising of Osvaldo González, Marco González and José Rojas. The midfield four  comprised Charles Áranguiz, Matías Campos Toro, Gary Medel and Marcelo Díaz with Medel and Díaz playing as the holding men whilst the other two were giving license to roam and join in the attack. Sitting in front of the midfield was Matías Fernández who sat in the hole behind the strike force of Alexis Sánchez and Humberto Suazo. It was a very attacking line-up and one that we could see in the upcoming qualifiers in June.

La roja got off to an impressive start and had the better opportunities in the opening minutes but as per usual the Chilean defence always looked a little susceptible. It was therefore no surprise in the 42nd minute when a brilliant ball from Sulley Muntari picked out an onrushing and unmarked Richard Mpong, who had come on as a 17th minute substitute, and he calmly finished past Claudio Bravo from just inside the area.

The commencement of the second half was delayed by some strange goings on as first the Chilean team did not come out until the twenty-five minutes after the conclusion of the first half. With the Ghanians nowhere to be seen it appeared that the game had been called off and the Chileans duly applauded their vocal support and exited the field of play much to the consternation of the commentators and the twitterverse. However once the Chileans had left the pitch the Ghanians decided it was there turn to return to the pitch and a couple of minutes later their opponents returned for the commencement of the second half, a full thirty minutes after the previous one had ended.

The beginning of the second half was a testy one with Alexis Sánchez being on the receiving end of a number of fouls but it was the Chileans who went a man down in the 69th minute as Matías Campos Toro picked up his second yellow card (although it could have been a straight red) for a high and late elbow on his Ghanian opponent. However being down to ten men didn’t seem to phase la roja as only minutes later Sánchez was brought down in the area for a penalty which Matías Fernández duly stepped up and converted. Try as they might neither team could find the back of the net although Ghana did hit the post on one occasion and the match ended in a 1-all draw.

Chile 1 Ghana 1

Photo taken from terra.cl
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