Chile broke its recent trend of winning at home and losing away as it defeated Bolivia 2-0 in La Paz in its latest match of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers.
In what was scrappy opening stanza both teams had chances their chances to open the scoring with Bolivia’s Jhasmany Campos having his team’s best chance in the twentieth minute. Deep in stoppage the visitors opened the scoring courtesy of Charles Aránguiz, with the Universidad de Chile midfielder capitalising on some ordinary Bolivian defending.
Early in the second half things got worse for Bolivia as Luis Gutiérrez was sent to the stands after kicking the ball into Alexis Sánchez, after the Barcelona player had been brought down by Luis Méndez in a challenge that was worthy of a red card in itself. La roja sealed the win eight minutes from time via Arturo Vidal, who fired home after collecting an Eduardo Vargas shot that had cannoned off the bar. It was Vidal’s first match back with the national team after having his ten match suspension for being part of a group of five Chilean players who were suspended before the last round of qualifers cut short by the ANFP after he expressed his remorse at the incident.
The win sees Chile move to second place in the qualifying table with nine points, only one point behind leaders Argentina. Next up is a clash against the ever improving Venezuela next weekend.
Bolivia 0-2 Chile