Chile got off to an impressive start in its Sudamericano Sub 20 campaign after defeating host nation Argentina 1-0 with Universidad Católica striker Nicolás Castillo grabbing the only goal of the game as la roja finished the game in Mendoza with only nine men.
Chile started the match in good fashion putting their opponents under pressure right from kick off. Diego Rubio had the best of the early opportunities before Nicolás Castillo opened the scoring in the 22nd minute as he got on the end of a Bryan Rabello free kick.
It was quite clear that the referee Sandro Meira Ricci a bit card happy and a number of yellow cards were handed out in the opening minutes to the young Chileans. This came back to haunt them as they were reduced to ten men just before the half time break as O’Higgins’ Cesár Fuentes picked up two yellow cards in rapid succession.
At the start of the second half Chile coach Mario Salas brought on Sebastián Martinez to replace Cristian Cuevas. The Argentineans looked to make the most of their man advantage early in the second half and had two clear chances in the opening five minutes but found Chile’s goalkeeper Dario Melo in fine form.
Chile for their part also created a number of chances of their own with Diego Rubio having a golden opportunity to double the advantage for la roja. Argentina looked bereft of ideas with the man advantage and the young Chileans looked comfortable with the situation. That was until the 72nd minute when they were reduced to nine men after Manuel Bravo picked up his second yellow card.
However la roja managed to hold out their opponents for the remaining minutes with Melo making a number of crucial saves to keep their opponents scoreless. The win in this first time that any kind of Chilean side has beaten an Argentinean side when down to nine men.
Next up for Chile are Bolivia.
Argentina 0-1 Chile