Loss makes qualification a difficult proposition for la rojita

CHILE - URUGUAY

After taking the group stage by storm la rojita are now very much in danger of failing to qualify for the Under 20 World Cup after they lost 1-0 to Uruguay in their third game of the hexagonal phase of the Sudamericano Sub 20 tournament. The loss leaves them with only three points after three games and sitting perilously in fourth position on the table.

The match began in an even fashion but it was Uruguay who had the first chance to open the scoring in the 9th minute but Nicolás Melo could only find the side netting when one on one with Chilean goalkeeper Diego Melo. Seventeen minutes later they had another chance but Sebastián Cristoforo’s long range effort was tipped onto the bar by the aforementioned Melo.

Chile’s first real chance came in the 33rd as Diego Rojas also hit the crossbar with a left footed drive after some brilliant individual play from Universidad Católica striker, Nicolás Castillo.

Chile also had his own at 33. Nicolas Castillo made a great individual move, played with Diego Rojas in the area and the skillful midfielder drove his left-footed shot UC on the horizontal when scoring the best goal of the tournament. Castillo also had a number of chances from free kicks but could repeat the efforts from earlier matches.

After the half time break Chile created a number of chances with their best chance coming in the 55th minute when Uruguayan goalkeeper Guillermo de Amores, who was outstanding for la celeste, palmed away Cristián Cuevas’ long range effort. Four minutes later de Amores again was the saviour as he denied both Castillo and Cuevas in rapid succession.

Despite looking the team most likely to open the scoring, it was Chile who conceded the opening goal of the game in the 63rd minute as Guillermo Varela cut back a ball from the byline for Diego Bueno, who had only come on five minutes earlier, to tap home.

Following the goal both teams had chances to score with Uruguay denied what looked like a clear penalty whilst Nicolás Maturana spurned a chance from a tight angle in the 79th minute. Chile continued to press for an equaliser and they thought they had one in the 89th minute but Felipe Mora’s effort was waved away due to offside. Following the decision la rojita’s manger Mario Salas was sent to the stands following his protestations.

The result, Chile’s second loss in three matches, sees them on three points and in the last qualification spot. They next face Colombia who top the group with three wins but the Chileans should take heart from the the fact they beat their opponents during the group stage.

Photo taken from elgrafico.cl

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