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Back on the international stage: Chile’s national soccer team beats Paraguay

Back on the international stage: Chile’s national soccer team beats Paraguay
November 16
16:45 2011

SANTIAGO — Finishing the match against Paraguay 2-0, Chile’s national team made an important comeback in the

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qualifiers for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Chilean victory came after a major defeat to Uruguay, 4-0, sparked in part by La Roja discipline problems and player suspensions.

The team of trainer Claudio Borghi hoped to get three points right from the beginning of the match, reaching the first opportunity to score in the 8th minute. Paraguayan goalkeeper Diego Barreto, however, was able to hold off the shot by Alexis Sánchez.

In the 26th minute, Matías Fernández made the first free kick for Chile, but again Barreto reacted quite well and sent the ball to the corner.

That corner kick led to the first goal, however, when Pablo Contreras jumped higher than all of the defenders of Paraguay’s national team, scoring with a header.

Although the Paraguayans did not have many opportunities and were more or less harmless during the match, there were some dangerous moments for Chile, such as Haedo Valdez’s header in Chile’s penalty area. The header came after a free throw, but Claudio Bravo saved what could have been a draw in the 69th minute.

Seven minutes to the end of the match, Paraguay had another option for the draw. After a bad start by Claudio Bravo, Matthew Fields Toro saved the ball from the line to avoid the goal for Paraguay.

Matías Campos Toro, the midfielder who plays for Audax Italiano, was the

author of the second goal for Chile. After a very good combination played between Mauritius and Alexis Sanchez, the midfielder received a pass from the “huaso” and with a powerful shot sealed a definitive victory for La Roja.

With the win, Chile is back in the running to qualify for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Sven Stephan

Hailing from Germany, Sven was a journalist at I Love Chile for much of 2011. Born near Hannover, he is now studying in the south in Passau to become a high school teacher in English and German.

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