2014 World Cup Qualifiers: Chile 1-3 Colombia

Chile suffered its first home loss in its campaign to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as it went down 3-1 to an inform Colombia side, who only three days earlier had thrashed Uruguay 4-0. The loss sees Chile, who were first going into the latest round of qualifiers, drop to fifth and out of the automatic qualification spots although they are only two points behind first placed Argentina. Needless to say after the result pressure was brought to bear on manager, Claudio Borghi.

It was a tense start to the match with both looking to impose themselves on proceedings with the chances for both teams few and far between in the opening half hour. It was just after the half hour mark where the match turned on its head as Gary Medel was given his marching orders after an altercation with Colombian defender Luis Perea.

Following Medel’s sending off Chile looked the more composed of the two teams and it was Matías Fernandez who opened the scoring for Chile in the 42nd minute as he fired in a shot from twenty-five metres past Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina. It was a lead they would hold to the half-time break.

After the break both teams came out with attacking intent but soon it was evident that Colombia’s man advantage was taking its toll on their opponents as they started to dominate possession and create chances with Claudio Bravo called into action on a number of occasions. Just before the hour mark Colombia finally got their equaliser as James Rodríguez curled in a well-taken free kick. Fifteen minutes later the visitors took the lead as in-form Radamel Falcao fired past Bravo after being put through by Aldo Ramírez before Teófilo Gutiérrez put the game beyond doubt three minutes later.

Colombia were themselves down to ten men in the 82nd minute s Abel Aguilar picked up his second yellow card. However it was all too little too late for the home side and they will have to wait until December for a chance to redeem themselves when they travel to Ecuador and host table topping Argentina.

Chile 1-3 Colombia

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