Jorge Sampaoli’s reign as manager of the national team got off to a winning start as a Chilean side made up of home based players defeated Senegal 2-1 in La Serena.
The side which was made up mainly of Universidad de Chile and Universidad Católica players plus Colo Colo’s Carlos Muñoz came out on the front foot very much in the style of Sampaoli’s La U team. However it was the Senegalese who silenced the crowd in the ninth minute as Papa Sane got on the end of a long ball before firing past Johnny Herrera on the angle.
The home side immediately in search of the equaliser but were unable to find the back of the net before the half time whistle blew. Their best chance came via a Fernando Meneses free kick that landed safely in the hands of the Senegal goalkeeper. The visitors also had a chance to double their advantage but Alberto Acevedo cleared the ball off the line.
Early in the second half, half time substitute Patricio Rubio had a chance to equalise but the Unión Española striker fluffed his lines. However his blushes were spared in the 52nd minute when Carlos Muñoz headed home the equaliser from a perfectly weighted Meneses cross. Fourteen minutes later the Chileans took the lead as Meneses converted from the penalty spot after the aforementioned Rubio was brought down in the area. Two minutes the task got harder for Senegal as N’Dione picked up his second yellow card in the 68th minute.
The score remained at 2-1 when Germán Delfino blew the whistle to signal the end of the match and ensured that Jorge Sampaoli would start his tenure as Chilean manager with a win. Chile will play another friendly on Saturday in Concepción against Haiti.
Chile 2-1 Senegal