In the week’s round of friendlies that many were using as gauge leading into the upcoming World Cup qualifiers Chile went down 3-0 to South American rivals Ecuador in a match played in New York.
Claudio Borghi’s experimental side fell to their worst ever loss to Ecuador. The friendly game, played at City Field, the home to the New York Mets baseball team saw La Roja missing Matías Fernández, Marcelo Díaz, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Bravo as well as the four players still suspended for disciplinary affairs.
Despite the wet conditions, Ecuador used a strategy of all out attack. Barcelona star Alexis Sánchez struggled in the midfield role, while Humberto Suazo and Eduardo Vargas failed to convert on opportunities. Poor defense sawLa Rojadown 2-0 after just thirteen minutes. Despite leading the South American group in World Cup qualifying, the Chilean side played without cohesion or confidence.
The friendly match was a heated affair, with six yellow cards in total. A frustrated Sánchez received a yellow card just before halftime for dissent and risked an early exit later in the game.
With Bravo returning from injury, “Chupete” Suazo was captain for the night. The veteran striker said, “There are no excuses. They were a team ready for a fight. It was a hard defeat and we have to reflect on this for the clash with Colombia.”
The friendly was the last chance for Borghi to test his squad before the next World Cup qualifier. Chile will take on Colombia at Estadio Monumental in September.
The national coach said after the match, “Ecuador was superior in every respect. We stressed the speed their players have, but that was something we could not contain, so credit to them.” El Bichi added, “We had many problems on the wings. The evaluation is not good.”
The goalscorers for Ecuador were Narciso Mina, Jaime Ayovi and Jefferson Montero.
Chile 0-3 Ecuador