Although the triumph against Paraguay had restored the illusion to the Chilean national team of qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the revitalizing victory against the Guarani was of no use if they did not beat Venezuela. But La Roja did not disappoint and took the crucial game forward by beating Vinotinto 3-0 this Thursday in San Carlos de Apoquindo to continue dreaming of the planetary event.
Despite the fact that the Creole team had the sensitive loss of Charles Aránguiz due to his expulsion last date, and that his position was surprisingly occupied by Diego Valdés, the cast of Martín Lasarte lived its most glorious day in this elimination process, as he played well , pressed and specified what he needed the most: goals.
The Team of All made the difference against a decimated rival (Yeferson Soteldo was marginalized due to an alleged act of indiscipline) through the stopped ball and thanks to the goals of a brilliant Erick Pulgar, who will miss the next game against Paraguay in Asunción by accumulation of yellow.
Of course, it was difficult for the nationals to generate danger through plays. In fact, the opening of the scoreboard came at 18 ‘, after a corner kick from the right executed by Alexis Sánchez, where the Llanera defense lost the mark and Pulgar appeared absolutely free on the edge of the small area to hit a header.
With both against, the outsiders went to look for the tie and warned with lukewarm shots from outside the area.
However, the Creoles gave the second blow to the llaneros at 38 ‘and again with a stopped ball. This time it was from a corner kick from the left served by Alexis where the ball was passed to the far post and again Pulgar connected with his head after a bad start from the goalkeeper. With that advantage they went to rest.
In the complement, the Red was released and showed a good game, which brought down the olé from the stands and Diego Valdés, from a great second fraction (he was applauded when he was replaced) was able to score the third at 51 ‘with a powerful shot from outside the area, but the ball crashed in the vertical.
But that did not matter much, because at 72 ‘Ben Brereton settled the commitment after receiving a great deep shot, sending a run down the right and defining with category before the goal to unleash the excitement of the local fans.
In the end, the Chilean National Team carried out the task and added three gold points, as they took advantage of the results of the day to climb to sixth place, with 13 units, just three from the fourth and also the playoff, and add confidence in the face of the next double date in November, where he will have another two “finals”, against Paraguay in Asunción and against Ecuador in Santiago.