With the final two rounds of World Cup qualify in fast approaching there was plenty of Chileans in action around the world with national team starters Alexis Sánchez and Arturo Vidal both getting on the scoresheet whilst Angelo Henriquez continued his run of goal scoring with a brace for Real Zaragoza and Hector Mancilla found the back of the net in Mexico.
In England, Gary Medel played a full ninety minutes in Cardiff City’s 2-1 loss at home to Newcastle. Meanwhile in the Championship Jean Beausejour played the whole match in Wigan’s 2-1 win over Blackburn which followed on from another ninety minutes midweek where he laid on an assist for Ben Watson’s second goal in Wigan’s 3-1 win over Maribor in the Europa League. Once again Gonzalo Jara didn’t make it onto the pitch as Nottingham Forest’s 3-1 defeat of Brighton & Hove Albion
In Spain, Alexis Sánchez scored a brace and set up a goal for Neymar in Barcelona’s 4-1 victory over Real Valladolid. This followed on from his midweek role in Barcelona’s 1-0 victory over Celtic in the Champions League where despite setting up Cesc Fabregas for the winner two minutes after coming on as a substitute was on the receiving end of some criticism in the Spanish press.
In Seville, Bryan Rabello played ninety minutes in Sevilla’s dramatic 2-1 win over Almería which followed on from him coming on as a 77th minute substitute in his team’s 2-1 win over Freiburg in the Europa League. Also in action in Europe was Claudio Bravo who was unable to deny Bayer Leverkusen’s late winner in Real Sociedad’s 2-1 loss and it didn’t get any better any better on the weekend as he gave away the 88th minute penalty which saw his team go down 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano.
Francisco Silva once again played a full ninety minutes as his Osasuna side moved off the bottom of the table with a 1-0 victory over Malaga in a match which also saw Pedro Morales substituted at half time. Another player to get ninety minutes was Manuel Iturra, who played the whole match in Granada’s 3-0 loss to Villareal. In the Spanish Segunda Division, Angelo Henriquez continued his goal scoring run with a first half brace in Real Zaragoza’s 4-2 defeat of Mallorca.
In Italy, Arturo Vidal played a full ninety minutes in Juventus’ 3-2 victory over AC Milan which followed on from his penalty midweek in the two-all draw with Galatasaray in the Champions League. His countryman Mauricio Isla didn’t feature on the weekend but came on at half time midweek.
Mauricio Pinilla played eighty-four minutes in Cagliari’s 2-0 loss to Udinese whilst Carlos Carmona played a full match in Atalanta’s 1-0victory over Chievo Verona. In Florence, David Pizarro played seventy-three minutes in Fiorentina’s scoreless draw with Parma whilst Matías Fernandez failed to make it off the bench. During the week Fernandez played eighty-five minutes in his team’s 2-1 victory over Dinipro in the Europa League whilst Pizarro managed to get himself sent off after picking up two yellow cards. Meanwhile Jaime Valdes played eighty-five minutes in Parma’s 3-1 victory over Sassoulo.
In Holland Felipe Gutierrez played ninety minutes in FC Twente’s 1-0 over Camuur and maintain their position at the top of the Eredivisie table. Meanwhile Stefano Magnasco also saw out ninety minutes in Groningen’s 2-1 victory over AZ Alkmaar. In Switzerland Marcelo Díaz’s FC Basel weren’t in action on the weekend but the Chilean midfielder did play ninety minutes in his team’s 1-0 loss to Schalke in the Champions League.
In Croatia, Junior Fernándes played ninety minutes in both of Dinamo Zagreb’s two matches during the week as they bounced back from their their 3-0 loss to Ludogorets in the Europa League with a 1-0 victory over Rijeka in the league. In Romania Diego Rubio didn’t feature in Pandurii’s 1-all draw with Paços de Ferreira in the Europa League but did come on as a 70th minute substitute in their 4-0 victory over Sageata Navodari.
In Mexico Humberto Suazo warmed up for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers playing in two matches for Monterrey but failed to get on the scoresheet in either as his team defeated Tigres UANL on penalties in the Copa Mexico midweek before losing 2-1 to Atlante on the weekend. Both Miguel Pinto and Rodrigo Millar featured in Atlas’ 2-1 loss to Cruz Azul with the latter coming on as a 72nd minute substitute whilst in their midweek Copa Mexico win over Pumas UNAM only Pinto featured. Esteban Paredes played the whole match in Querétaro’s 1-0 loss to Tijuana stretching his goalless streak to six matches whilst Hector Mancilla scored the winner in Morelia’s 2-1 defeat of Chiapas which followed on from their 2-0 defeat of Léon in the Copa Mexico in which Mancilla came on as an 83rd minute substitute.
In Brazil Eugenio Mena played a full ninety minutes in both of Santos’ matches during the week where they defeated São Paulo 3-0 before losing by the same scoreline to Portuguesa whilst Eduardo Vargas followed up his goal scoring feats of last week by getting himself sent off in Gremio’s 1-0 victory over Atletico PR which saw him miss the weekend’s match over Botafogo. Meanwhile in Serie B, Jorge Valdivia played seventy-minutes in Palmeiras’ 2-0 midweek win over Oeste in which he provided the assist in Leandro’s opener and missed their 3-2 loss to ABC on the weekend. Finally in Argentina Gonzalo Espinoza was substituted in All Boys loss on penalties to Arsenal in the Copa Argentina.