Chile are down to 10 men -- perhaps unjustly -- but they were able to grab a stunning opening goal against Colombia just before the stroke of halftime in their CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying tilt. The match was a very even one until the the 34th minute, when Chile's Gary Medel was shown a straight red card. Colombia looked likely to score for a few minutes until Matias Fernandez struck a stunner, and they're now facing an uphill battle as Chile lead 1-0.
The red card was the result of a shoving match between Medel and Luis Perea, during a scuffle caused by a hard foul on Colombia's James Rodriguez. Both Medel and Perea were doing an equal amount of shoving, but Perea made the decision to take a dive and clutch his face. The referee didn't see the incident, but his assistant bought it and the official showed a red card after consulting with him on the sideline. If the referee saw the incident, he likely would have shown a yellow card to both men.
Chile remained aggressive, despite being shorthanded and that strategy paid off in the 41st minute. Fernandez picked up a ball that was deflected out of the Colombia penalty area and unloaded on a stellar shot from 25 yards, placing his strike perfectly past David Ospina low and at his near post.