A goal against Paraguayan goalkeeper Antony Silva after a poisoned corner executed by Alexis Sánchez was enough for the Chilean team on Thursday to beat Paraguay 1-0 away from home, exacerbate the Albirroja crisis and ruin the debut of Argentine coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
Chile, which has linked three victories, is now closing in on the qualifying spots directly to Qatar.
Barros Schelotto’s era as Paraguay coach coincides with the collapse of his pupils to eighth place, while those of Uruguayan Martín Lasarte threaten Colombia’s fourth place.
The only goal of the match played at the Defensores del Chaco stadium came in the 56th minute after a corner kick that Silva could not control and that ended up entering his goal.
Next Tuesday, on the fourteenth day, Paraguay will visit Colombia and Chile will receive Ecuador.