Chile qualify for Under 20 World Cup

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It wasn’t without drama but Chile qualified for the Under 20 World Cup after drawing 1-all with Peru in the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza.

La rojita started the match in a nervous fashion and a result their opponents got on top earlier. Peru, who needed a win to qualify for the Under 20, got the reward for their early domination in the seventh minute when Édison Flores’ near post header from the first corner of the match found its way past Chilean goalkeeper, Dario Melo.

After the goal the Chileans, who were without leading goal scorer Nicolás Castillo due to suspension, slowly started started to show some of the form that had them on the brink of World Cup qualification and in the 34th minute they were back of level terms courtesy of a brilliant Bryan Rabello free kick that left Peruvian goalkeeper, Angelo Campos flapping at thin air.

Just before the half time break Chilean manager, Mario Salas was forced into two substitutions with injuries forcing Manuel Bravo and Ignacio Caroca to be replaced by by Felipe Campos and Mario Larenas respectively.

Come the second half the Peruvians went in search of the goal that would send them to the World Cup and both Dario Flores and José Reyna had chances but saves from Dario Melo denied them. Late substitute Diego Rubio had a golden opportunity for la rojita with the goal at his mercy.

Peru thought they had the much needed goal as the game drew to an end but their effort that did find the back of the net was correctly ruled offside. Moments later referee Enrique Caceres blew the full time whistle that signalled Chile would make it to the Under 20 World Cup for the first time since 2007, a tournament at which they finished in third position.

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