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Posted by Marcelo Angulo on 06/26/2010

It's difficult to overcome a team with talented players and great urge to win, especially with only 10 men. Despite the difference, Chile were able to match Spain for much of the game.

The first half of the game saw Chile and Spain share possession of the ball with both teams failing to capitalize on their opportunities. Defensive errors early in the game provided Spain with clearer chances and when La Roja's offense attacked, La Roja Furia counter attacked with speed and looked dangerous.

Regrettably, Bielsa's men made a handful of mistakes in the first half - Claudio Bravo's advance out of the area at the 25' leaving David Villa with an open goal from 25m.

At the 36' another goal for Spain resulting from a Chilean error in an attempt to bring the ball back from their own goal - Andres Iniesta scores the second. In the same passage of play, two goals down, Marco Estrada (Plays regular football with Universidad de Chile) was handed his second yellow card for an alleged foul on Fernando Torres. Chile down to 10 men - the game changed complexion.

The end of the first period could not come fast enough for Bielsa's players as Spain took control of the game with an extra man, two goals up, and Chile now with a mountain to climb in the second half.

Chile started the second half with Rodrigo Millar and Esteban Paredes, replacing Mark Gonzalez and Jorge Valdivia.

Only two minutes in to the second half and the substitution of Millar had paid off with a goal that instilled belief in both La Roja and the millions of supporters back home.

The second half was mostly controlled by Spain with an extra man - and Chile making its fair share of errors which the Spaniards were unable to capitalize. This said, toward the back end of the game La Roja did its best to regain control of the attack and mounted some pressure in trying to find the equalizer, Spain seemed content to defend their lead.

At full-time, the game in Pretoria see's the two teams make it through to the next round with Spain finishing top of the group on goal difference - both sides accumulating 6 points in the group stage.

Chile now need to re-group and prepare for the next encounter with Brazil at the round of 16 in Johannesburg on June 28 - "Can Marcelo Bielsa orchestrate an upset against the power of Dunga and the Selecao?"

Comments

Posted by Paul on 06/27/2010

Even though Chile have an abysmal record against Brazil, they certainly have the chance. Medel and Ponce will be sorely missed, but most probably Bielsa will field his regular formation of 3-3-1-3, as Brazil will play with no more than 2 men up front. In the last qualifying match between the two teams, Chile played very well even going down 4-2. In that game Brazil were very effective. The match will be decided between Brazil's defence and midfield, as Chile will try to win the ball high up by putting a lot of pressure on Brazil's buildup play. If they have sucsess with this and at the same time avoid too many cards, Brazil will have to show their best side to win. Hope to see Suazo this time, as he is a better finisher than Valdivia. Otherwise Chile will try to play the ball between the central defender and the sideback to Beausejour or Sanchez. Here Fernandez will be vital. This scheme gave them many goals in the qualifiers.

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