If last week the Chilean National Team celebrated a valuable draw rescued as a visit against Argentina, now it laments for a meager equality at home against Bolivia. La Roja resigned this Tuesday a parity at 1 in San Carlos de Apoquindo, so it became entangled in the Qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022.
It is that to ratify the tremendous point achieved against the Albiceleste on trans-Andean soil, it was necessary to imperiously beat a highland team that historically the Creole team has been superior to, but which arrived emboldened by getting its first celebration in this elimination process last Thursday. However, he was unable to carry out the task at the close of the eighth date.
With Arturo Vidal from the stands, Martín Lasarte’s team, which changed to a 3-4-3 scheme, came out with everything and was much superior and a gale for their rival in the first half, but the ball did not want to enter.
In fact, from the outset they had two very clear options to open the account, but the stick drowned out the goal griot. First, at 4 ‘, after a remarkable pass from Charles Aránguiz, Eduardo Vargas gave him first, but the ball crashed into the left vertical of a Carlos Lampe who was beaten, while at 7’ “Turboman” sent a center from the right at ground level and Francisco Sierralta appeared to connect in the mouth of the goal, but the ball hit the crossbar.
The Creole team had more chances, with shots from outside the area by Vargas, Pulgar and Meneses, and a ball that took Alexis out of the line, while the altiplano cast dedicated themselves to defend with everything and goalkeeper Lampe, as well that in the past Qualifiers, he made brazen time. For his part, Claudio Bravo was a spectator in front of a green team that had no chance before the solidity shown in the rear with a Sierraltaque showed that he has to be immovable in the National Team.
In addition, the outsiders came out of their arc somewhat and the national squad found it more difficult to generate dangerous occasions.
Of course, at 69 ‘came the opening of the scoreboard for the locals, when Aránguiz got a great qualification so that Pulgar suddenly appeared in the area to put a header and anticipate a Lampe who was halfway.
But at 78 ‘came a controversial play. Paraguayan referee Eber Aquino, who had already stolen from Chile against Uruguay, reviewed in the VAR an alleged hand in the area of Guillermo Maripán after a shot by Martins and sanctioned a penalty. The Bolivian scorer himself, the top scorer in these Qualifiers, put the equality.
In the end, the Red ended up overturned in the rival goal, but resigned a draw that could cost them dearly, because the National Team added 7 points and stayed in the bottom group, in seventh place and out of the qualifying zone to Qatar 2022 Unfortunately, because the results had been given so that the Creole team was fourth, to one of the third, which is Ecuador.
Claudio Bravo; Francisco Sierralta (Fabián Orellana 85 ‘), Gary Medel, Guillermo Maripán; Mauricio Isla, Erick Pulgar, Charles Aránguiz, Eugenio Mena; Alexis Sánchez, Eduardo Vargas (Luis Jiménez 64 ‘), Jean Meneses (Felipe Mora 85’). (DT: Martín Lasarte).
Carlos Lampe; Diego Bejarano, Luis Haquín, Adrián Jusino, Jesús Sagredo; Leonel Justiniano, Henry Vaca (Enrique Flores 46 ‘), Boris Céspedes (Juan Carlos Arce 46’); Danny Bejarano, Rodrigo Ramailo (Gilbert Álvarez 46 ‘); Marcelo Martins. (DT: César Farias).
Referee: Eber Aquino.
Stadium: San Carlos de Apoquindo.