Bolivia Vs. Chile, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: La Roja Ride Talent, Luck To Three Points

Chile were not at their best on Saturday afternoon, but some good luck and a very frustrated Bolivia side helped them to a victory. Chile's defense was very poor in the first half and they were constantly broken open by Bolivia's quick counter attacks. Marcelo Diaz committed two handballs in the box in the first half, even if neither of them were spotted by the referee. Eventually, Chile turned around their bad play and made the most of their good fortune, scoring twice in a 2-0 win.

The first goal and eventual winner came in first half stoppage time, via Universidad de Chile playmaker Charles Aranguiz. Chile were arguably outplayed for much of the first half, but that goal heading into the locker room gave them a big boost, and they played much better football in the second half.

Still, Bolivia looked dangerous on the counter and was denied a couple more penalty shouts. The calls simply didn't go their way. The referee effected the game further when he handed out a 54th minute red card to Bolivian defender Luis Gutierrez, but in this instance, the call that went against Bolivia was deserved. Alexis Sanchez almost drew two red cards on the same run, weaving through multiple defenders before he was violently hacked down by Luis Mendez. Gutierrez then kicked the ball at Sanchez. Gutierrez was given red while Mendez was given yellow, and Bolivia were lucky that two reds weren't shown.

Chile eventually cashed in on their man advantage with a goal by Arturo Vidal, struck into the roof of the net in impressive fashion, giving Chile an insurmountable lead in the 82nd minute. They now have nine points from five games and will sit no lower than second in the table at the end of the round.

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