La rojita return to winning ways

Diego Rubio fires home from the penalty spot

Diego Rubio fires home from the penalty spot

Chile returned to winning ways in the Sudamericano Sub 20 after defeating Ecuador 4-1 in the second match of the hexagonal phase of the tournament although their poor disciplinary record was again on show as they finished yet another game without their full compliment of players.

La rojita controlled much of the early play with both Nicolás Castillo and Diego Rubio causing plenty of trouble for their Ecuadorian opponents. However it was the Ecuadorians, who were beginning to impose themselves on the Chilean midfield, who almost opened the scoring in the eleventh minute after goalkeeper a poor Dario Melo clearance but the shot just went. Wide. Four minutes later Ecuadorian midfielder Junior Sormoza had a chance of his own after an error by Valber Huerta but his shot hit the post.

In the 18th minute it was Chile who took the lead after a brilliant ball by Rubio found Castillo who then deftly lobbed goalkeeper Auro Fernandez. Ten minutes later Rubio doubled la rojita’s advantage from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the area.

In the second half, Chile maintained the pressure on Ecuador but were less effective than they were in the first half. In the 54th minute they were once again reduced to ten men in the tournament after Bryan Rabello was given his matching orders, although rather harshly on the replay, for a high elbow when challenging for a high ball with the aforementioned Sormoza. This became the sixth red card in six matches for la rojita.

Chilean manager Mario Salas, who came under some criticism for his tactics in their loss to Paraguay, responded by withdrawing Sebastián Martinez for Andrés Robles. With the man advantage Ecuador push onto their opponents and it was no surprise in the 68th minute when Ely Esterilla headed home from a corner to make it 2-1.

Ecuador went looking for the equaliser but it was the Chileans who extended their advantage in the 74th minute courtesy of an excellent free kick from Claudio Baeza. Nine minutes later la rojita had their fourth goal as Felipe Mora finished off some great play by Cristián Cuevas.

The win sees Chile move into third position on the table and in a qualifying spot for the Under 20 World Cup. Next up for la rojita is a clash with Uruguay, who sit in fourth spot, on Sunday.

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