We take our first look at the number of Chilean players plying their trade outside of their home country in what will hopefully become a regular feature.
In England, Gary Medel played a full ninety minutes in Cardiff City’s surprise 3-2 victory over Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City whilst Angelo Henriquez scored a goal for Manchester United’s U21 side as they defeated West Bromwich Albion’s U21s. Meanwhile In the Championship Jean Beausejour played a full ninety minutes in Wigan’s two-all draw with Middelsbrough.
In Spain, Alexis Sánchez played a full ninety minutes for Barcelona in their 1-0 defeat of Malaga whilst fellow countryman Pedro Morales came on as 77th minute substitute for los boquerones. Claudio Bravo was between the posts in Real Sociedad’s one-all draw with newly promoted Elche which followed on from their two-nil defeat of Lyon in the first leg of their Champions League playoff.
Also in Spain, Former Universidad Católica midfielder Francisco Silva played his first match of the season as his Osasuna side went down 2-0 to Athletic Club whilst Bryan Rabello played the last twenty minutes or so in Sevilla’s scoreless draw with Levante. Manuel Iturra was also in action on the weekend seeing out the whole match in Granada’s 1-0 loss to Real Madrid.
In Italy, Arturo Vidal picked up a yellow card in Juventus’ 1-0 win over over Sampdoria in the opening round of Serie A whilst Mauricio Isla didn’t make it off the bench. Mauricio Pinilla played 88 minutes in Cagliari’s 2-1 opening round fixture whilst David Pizarro scored the winner in Fiorentina’s 2-1 victory over Catania with Matías Fernandez coming on as an 84th minute substitute.
In Holland Felipe Gutierrez also picked up a yellow card in FC Twente’s 1-0 loss to Vitesse Arnhem whilst Stefano Magnasco didn’t make it off the bench in Groningen’s pulsating 3-all draw with Go Ahead Eagles.
In Switzerland, Marcelo Díaz came on as an 82nd minute substitute in FC Basel one-all draw with Luzern which followed a full ninety minutes in their 4-2 victory over Longerets in the first leg of their Champions League playoff.
Junior Fernandes scored two goals in Croatia as his Dinamo Zagreb defeated Slaven Belupo 3-1. He did however have a large dose of help from the Belupo goalkeeper with his opening goal as he brought his tally to three goals in his last two league outings for the Croatian giants.
In Mexico Humberto Suazo celebrated his return to the national team with Monterrey’s opening goal in their 3-1 defeat of León.
Also in Mexico, Esteban Paredes matched his countryman’s efforts as he scored his seventh goal of the season in Querétaro’s 2-0 victory over Chivas Guadalajara.
Staying in Mexico Hector Mancilla played seventy-eight minutes as his Morelia side defeated Atlas 2-0 which contained Miguel Pinto, who played a full game, and Rodrigo Millar who came on as a 65th minute substitute.
Finally to Brazil where former Universidad de Chile defender Eugenio Mena played a full ninety minutes in his third start for Santos as they defeated Vitória 2-0 whilst in Serie B, Jorge Valdivia played seventy-seven minutes in Palmeiras 2-1 defeat of Paraná.