A second string Chilean side made it four wins out of four in the Sudamericano Sub 20 tournament after a last minute goal saw them defeat Paraguay 3-2. The win created history as they became the first Chilean team of any age to win four consecutive games in a South American tournament.
Having already qualified for the next stage of the tournament Mario Salas decided to rest a number of key players including captain Igor Lichnovksy, Diego Rubio, Bryan Rabello and Nicolás Castillo. Therefore it was no surprise that Paraguay took advantage of some unsure Chilean defence in the 9th minute with Derlis González opening the scoring for la albiroja.
After the goal the Paraguayans had a number of chances to go further ahead but either goalkeeper Bryan Cortes or the post denied them. However it was la rojita who got on the scoresheet next as Diego Rojas was given far too much time and space on the edge of the area to fire home past Diego Morel. Fifteen minutes later the Chileans were in front as poor marking from the Paraguay left Nicolás Maturana free to chest a cross down and then find the back of the net.
Ten minutes after the half time break Paraguay were back on level terms as goalscorer Derlis González controlled a long ball before laying it off to half time substitute Rodrigo Alborno who calmly slotted it through the legs of Cortes. As the clocked ticked down to full time Alejandro Contreras sprung the offside trap to score the winner to maintain la rojita’s perfect record for the tournament.
Chile 3-2 Paraguay
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