Chile have secured passage through to the hexagonal phase of the Sudamericano Sub 20 tournament after winning their third straight game as they defeated Colombia 2-1 although for the second time in three games they finished the match with nine players.
Needing only a draw to progress to the hexagonal phase la rojita got off to they start they wanted as Cristián Cuevas’ eighth minute strike took a deflection off a defender that left Colombian goalkeeper Cristián Bonilla completely wrong footed.
Despite coming under some pressure from their opponents it was the Chileans who went into the half time break with a two goal advantage after captain Igor Lichnovsky got on the end of a Bryan Rabello cross in the 33rd minute.
That situation did not change that much in the second half until the 68th minute when goal scorer Cristián Cuevas received his marching orders from referee Carlos Vera after picking up his second yellow card.
Thirteen minutes later Chilean were reduced to nine men for the second time in three games as goalkeeper Dario Melo was adjudged to have brought down Mauricio Cuero in the area. With manager Mario Salas having already made three substitutions, Barnechea striker Franco Ragusa was forced to pull on the gloves. Unfortunately for him he was unable to deny Juan Quintero from the penalty spot as la rojita conceded their first goal of the tournament.
Fortunately for the Chileans they were able to hold out their opponents for the remaining minutes ensure their qualification for the next stage of the competition.
Chile 2-1 Colombia