Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Chile 2 - Uruguay 0

Santiago was the site of the most important qualifier in South America today with Chile hosting Uruguay with fourth place on the line.  An embarrasing defense sequence felled Uruguay ten minutes into the affair.  Matias Aguirregaray muffed a clearance that was picked up on the run by Chilean forward Esteban Paredes, who pushed the ball wide to Jean Beausejour.  Alvaro Pereira made a second terrible defensive area, choosing to chest a ball down in his box, and Paredes pounced on the ball for an ugly goal that matched Uruguay's recent ugly decline in form.  Chile led 1-0 at the interval after a drab conclusion to the opening half.

Mauricio Isla was providing excellent service for his Chilean teammates throughout the second period, and eventually his teammates caught onto his thought process in the build up to the second goal.  With twelve minutes to go, an Isla ball went to Matias Fernandez, whose shot was blocked by Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.  The rebound fell to Eduardo Vargas for an easy tap-in goal to put Chile up by two goals.  Chile win 2-0, and the loss really deals a crushing blow to Uruguay's qualification chances as they now face the toughest remaining schedule in CONMEBOL, beginning with a crucial road qualifier against Venezuela in June without the now-suspended Luis Suarez, who is out due to yellow card accumulation.

Argentina 24 pts +16
Ecuador 20 pts +6
Colombia 19 pts +12
Chile 15 pts -3
Venezuela 15 pts -3
Uruguay 13 pts -4
Peru 11 pts -4
Bolivia 9 pts -7
Paraguay 8 pts -13

Esteban Paredes 10
Eduardo Vargas 78

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