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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Chile Men's National Soccer Team News


September 5, 2015 - Alexis Sanchez scores winner over Paraguay
"Alexis Sanchez was again the hero for Chile, as Jorge Sampaoli's men celebrated their Copa America triumph with a 3-2 win over Paraguay. In Chile's first match since they lifted the Copa America in July, the homecoming for Sanchez and Co. was meant to be a celebration of their first international trophy but Paraguay did not always follow the script. Back at Santiago's Estadio Nacional - the scene of their victory over Argentina on penalties to win South America's continental championship - Chile started strongly with Felipe Gutierrez giving the hosts the lead in the eighth minute of Saturday's friendly. But Paraguay stunned the home crowd soon after half-time with Jonathan Fabbro and Jorge Benitez getting on the scoresheet to put the visitors in front. Gutierrez dragged Chile level with 26 minutes remaining, however, and Sanchez - scorer of the decisive spot-kick two months ago - wrapped up victory in the 82nd minute." - Goal

July 4, 2015 - Chile wins Copa America on penalty kicks
"In front of their own fans, Chile wrap up their first ever Copa America title, after a 4-1 penalty shootout win over Argentina! It was 0-0 and even after extra time, but the hosts held their nerves during the shootout! Fernandez, Vidal, Aranguiz and Alexis all kept their cool to ensure that La Roja celebrate." - Copa America

June 29, 2015 - Eduardo Vargas scores brace in win over Peru
"Hosts Chile reached their first Copa America final in 28 years after seeing off the 10 men of Peru in a thrilling encounter in Santiago. Chile could have had midfielder Arturo Vidal sent off early on before Peru defender Carlos Zambrano was dismissed. Former QPR striker Eduardo Vargas then put Chile ahead after Alexis Sanchez had hit the post but Peru levelled through a Gary Medel own goal. But Chile deservedly won it when Vargas fired home a fine second from 25 yards.... Peru had deserved their equaliser but were behind again four minutes later when the busy Vargas lashed in a stunning second, dipping a shot beyond Pedro Gallese from 25 yards." - BBC

June 24, 2015 - Mauricio Isla scores in win over Uruguay
"Mauricio Isla was the unlikely hero for Chile as his late strike saw the tournament hosts edge out Uruguay 1-0 in Santiago, with the defending champions ending the match with nine men. The opening Copa América quarter-final looked destined to go to penalties until Isla fired in his third, and surely most important, international goal with just under 10 minutes to play.... It seemed a shoot-out would be required to settle the outcome until Isla was on hand to fire into the bottom corner of the net." - Copa America

June 19, 2015 - Charles Aránguiz scores brace in win over Bolivia
"Chile confirmed themselves as Group A winners in emphatic fashion, thrashing fellow qualifiers Bolivia 5-0 in Santiago. Charles Aránguiz grabbed a goal in each half, including breaking the deadlock in the third minute to set the tone for a dominant performance from the Copa América hosts. Alexis Sánchez, fit to start before being taken off at half time, and Gary Medel also scored as Chile made it seven successive wins over La Verde in competitive matches. The result also means they will remain in the capital city for their quarter-final. An own goal from captain Ronald Raldes, who turned Ángelo Henríquez's cross into the net in the closing minutes, completed a miserable night for Bolivia." - Copa America

June 11, 2015 - Arturo Vidal & Eduardo Vargas score in win over Ecuador
"Chile's bid to win a maiden Copa America title got off to the perfect start after the host nation powered past Group A rivals Ecuador 2-0 in Santiago. Arturo Vidal broke the deadlock via a 67th-minute penalty and substitute Eduardo Vargas sealed the points with six minutes remaining in the Copa opener at the Estadio Nacional on Thursday. Vidal stepped up and converted his own spot-kick after he was fouled by Ecuador forward Miller Bolanos, before Vargas came off the bench - replacing Jean Beausejour at half-time - and put the result beyond doubt late on in the Chilean capital." - Goal

June 6, 2015 - Jorge Valdivia scores in win over El Savador
"Palmeiras midfielder Jorge Valdivia scored the only goal of the game as Chile edged El Savador 1-0 in a friendly match at the Estadio El Teniente Codelco in Rancagua.
The 31-year-old reacted quickest in the box to convert Jean Beausejour's low driven cross from the left flank in the 14th minute." - Daily Mail

June 1, 2015 - Copa America roster named
  • Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Barcelona), Paulo Garces (Colo-Colo), Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile)
  • Defenders: Miiko Albornoz (Hannover), Mauricio Isla (QPR), Gonzalo Jara (Mainz), Gary Medel (Inter), Eugenio Mena (Cruzeiro), Jose Rojas (Universidad de Chile)
  • Midfielders: Charles Aranguiz (Internacional), Jean Beausejour (Colo-Colo), Carlos Carmona (Atalanta), Marcelo Diaz (Hamburg), Matias Fernandez (Fiorentina), Felipe Gutierrez (Twente), Arturo Vidal (Juventus), David Pizarro (Fiorentina), Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras)
  • Forwards: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Eduardo Vargas (QPR), Angelo Henriquez (Dinamo Zagreb), Mauricio Pinilla (Atalanta), Edson Puch (Huracan)
March 16, 2015 - roster updates
"Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli has named the foreign-based players in his squad for next month’s friendlies against Iran and Brazil. Sampaoli has called up a total of 20 players who ply their trade outside of Chile, including Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal of Juventus and Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. He will reveal which domestic-based players are to join the party in the days ahead. However, he has already been informed that one of the players included on his original 20-man list will be unavailable after Jorge Valdivia ruled himself out of the double-header at the end of the month. The Palmeiras playmaker is still feeling his way back to full fitness after a recent injury and has informed Sampaoli that he wants to remain with his Brazilian club to continue his rehabilitation." - Copa America

January 28, 2015 - Mark Gonzalez scores brace in win over USA
Chile took more control of the friendly international the longer it went on; eventually winning 3-2 after the USA twice took the lead in the first half. Mark Gonzalez struck in the 66th and 75th minutes as Chile kept the USA scoreless in the second 45 minutes at the Estadio El Teniente.... Chile's coach Sampaoli plumped for a 3-4-3 and it took just five minutes for the USA to exploit the space outside the home side's back three. Matt Besler clipped a ball over the top to the on-rushing Shea, who burst into the box and fired his shot past Herrera.... Chile equalised in the 10th minute when Gonzalez found space on the left and picked out Gutierrez, while Mix Diskerud got in behind Diego Valdes just after the half-hour mark to set-up Jozy Altidore with a cut-back.... Yedlin was left isolated by a one-two between Marco Medel and Gonzalez with 24 minutes remaining, with the latter sprinting into the area to finish from a tight angle. And the Universidad Catolica winger put the home side ahead with 15 minutes to go, volleying a rebound into the net after Rimando could only parry an earlier shot." -  Copa America 

January 26, 2015 - Cristián Suárez withdraws
"Universidad de Chile defender declares himself unfit to take part in Wednesday's fixture in Rancagua. Cristián Suárez will not feature in Chile’s friendly against the United States this week after pulling out of the squad. The 27-year-old defender, who has yet to win a full international cap for his country, was called up for Wednesday’s match in Rancagua. However, Suárez has declared that he is not fit to play, with Chile’s Football Association (ANFP) reporting that he withdrew from the squad having raised concerns over his fitness after undergoing tests at a private clinic." - Copa America

November 14, 2014 - Sanchez, Valdivia, Vargas, Rodrigo & Hernandez score in win over Venezuela
"Jorge Valdivia made an impressive international return as Chile cruised to a 5-0 win over Venezuela in a friendly on Friday. The 31-year-old attacking midfielder, who retired after the World Cup, marked his return with a goal at the Estadio CAP in Talcahuano. Alexis Sanchez and Valdivia scored in the first half and Eduardo Vargas, Rodrigo Millar and Pablo Hernandez netted in the second as Jorge Sampaoli's men eased to victory.... Chile enjoyed the majority of possession and took a deserved lead in the 17th minute. Arturo Vidal was released down the right and crossed to the back post, where Eugenio Mena squared with a volley. And the in-form Sanchez, who has scored regularly for Arsenal, was on hand to nod in from close range and make it 1-0.... Valdivia shot straight at Venezuela goalkeeper Daniel Hernandez before doubling Chile's lead in the first minute of additional time. The attacking midfielder was released down the left side of the area before his cross-cum-shot caught out Daniel Hernandez, hit the back post and crossed the line.... Chile did make it 3-0 in the 55th minute with a fine team move ending in Vargas scoring. Valdivia released Mauricio Isla with a wonderful pass and the full-back's cutback was put away into an open goal by Vargas. Vargas hammered a shot off the post in the 72nd minute before Chile scored again soon after....The rout was completed in the 93rd minute as Isla and Millar exchanged passes before the former crossed for Pablo Hernandez to head in." - Soccerway

October 10, 2014 - Eduardo Vargas scores brace in win over Peru
"Claudio Bravo's record-breaking Chile appearance was a successful one as his side claimed a 3-0 win over Peru on Friday. The Barcelona goalkeeper became the nation's most capped player with 85, and he kept a clean sheet at the Estadio Elias Figueroa Brander. Eduardo Vargas netted a brace for Jorge Sampaoli's impressive side, while Gary Medel was also on the scoresheet in Valparaiso.... Sanchez's lovely chipped pass found Vargas' run from deep and the Napoli forward, on loan at QPR, volleyed in as Fernandez advanced and despite the best efforts of a defender on the line. Medel doubled Chile's lead in the 34th minute, glancing a header into the bottom corner from Charles Aranguiz's set-piece.... Sanchez found the overlapping Mauricio Isla down the right and latter's cross found Vargas to volley in from inside the area." - Soccerway

October 7, 2014 - roster updates
"Striker Gustavo Canales was will not be with Chile when they face Peru and Bolivia through injury. His replacement is Angelo Henriquez, announced the Chilean National Football Association (ANFP) on Monday. Canales was released "because the player suffered a dislocated right shoulder" in the duel that his team played on Sunday in the local tournament.... Sampaoli had called-up Canales along with six other players who completed the list of 17 summoned who play overseas for the friendlies against Peru and Bolivia on October 10 and October 14 respectively. The last players to get the call-up were Johnny Herrera (U de Chile), Diego Sanchez (Unión Española), José Rojas (U. de Chile), Sebastián Martínez (U. de Chile), Jean Beausejour (Colo Colo) and Juan Delgado (Colo Colo)." - Boxscore News

September 9, 2014 - Juan Delgado scores in win over Haiti
"Making it worse for Haiti was nine of Chile's 11 starters Tuesday at Lockhart Stadium were on the teams World Cup roster. End result in the international friendly was a 1-0 victory in favor of Chile before a crowd of about 7,500 soccer fans.... Juan Delgado, just 21 years old, playing only his second game for the Chilean national team scored his first career goal for his country in the 21st minute. It was all Chile needed. His goal was set up when Mauricio Isla sent pass in the box from the right wing. Haiti keeper Johny Placido's attempt to prevent the ball from getting through was unsuccessful as it found the feet of Delgado." - Sun Sentinel

June 18, 2014 - Eduardo Vargas & Charles Aranguiz score in win over Spain
"Holders Spain, who first showed signs of vulnerability at the Maracana a year ago, were eliminated from the World Cup on Wednesday when a 2-0 Group B defeat by Chile at the same stadium ended one of the greatest dynasties of the modern game.... The Chileans swept into the lead after 20 minutes following a counter-attack on the right which set up Aranguiz to provide the cross for Vargas who danced around Casillas before firing home. Casillas, who had a poor game against the Dutch, was at fault again for the second goal, punching an Alexis Sanchez free kick straight back to Aranguiz who swept the ball past Casillas with a spinning shot with the outside of his right foot.... Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli made one change to the team that beat Australia 3-1 on Friday, with Osasuna midfielder Francisco Silva coming in for Palmeiras playmaker Jorge Valdivia." - Emirates 247

June 13, 2014 - Sanchez, Valdivia & Beausejour score in 3-1 win over Australia
Alexis Sanchez inspired Chile to a winning start at the World Cup - but they were forced to work hard by an Australia team who looked early on as if they would be utterly humiliated. Living up to their 'dark horses' tag, Chile raced into a two-goal lead inside 16 minutes as Barcelona star Sanchez scored one and created another for Jorge Valdivia. But the South Americans couldn't convert their possession into further goals and were caught cold when Tim Cahill headed Australia back into contention before half-time.... And in the end, it needed a stoppage time strike from Wigan’s Jean Beausejour to make absolutely sure of Chile’s opening night success." - Daily Mail

June 10, 2014 - Arturo Vidal out for World Cup opener
"Chile star Arturo Vidal won’t play against Australia in Cuiaba on Saturday (AEST) and there are doubts he will feature at all in the World Cup due to a lingering knee injury. La Roja’s key midfielder made a token appearance at training today at the Toca da Raposa II complex, sending Chilean photographers and camera crews into a frenzy as he emerged during the 15 minutes media were permitted to watch the session. Some of the media core are convinced that Vidal will play no part in the tournament, believing he made a mistake in rushing back from knee surgery to play for a quarter of an hour in a friendly against Northern Ireland last week. Vidal aggravated the injury and has been in cotton wool ever since." - Daily Telegraph

June 4, 2014 - Vargas & Pinilla score in win over Northern Ireland
"Two late goals saw Northern Ireland lose to World Cup-bound Chile in a friendly in Valparaiso. Michael O'Neill's side held their own for 79 minutes but saw their resistance broken by substitutes Eduardo Vargas and Mauricio Pinilla. Vargas headed the opener, before Pinilla raced through to shoot low past Northern Ireland keeper Roy Carroll.... Goalscorers Vargas and Pinilla started on the bench, along with Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, but Chile needed all three to ensure they completed their World Cup preparations with a victory." - BBC 

June 1 - World Cup roster named
Goalkeepers: 
  • Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad)
  • Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile)
  • Cristopher Toselli (Universidad Catolica)
Defenders: 
  • Miiko Albornoz (Malmo)
  • Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest)
  • Gary Medel (Cardiff City)
  • Eugenio Mena (Santos)
  • Jose Rojas (Universidad de Chile)
Midfielders: 
  • Charles Aranguiz (Internacional)
  • Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic),
  • arlos Carmona (Atalanta)
  • Marcelo Diaz (Basel)
  • Jose Pedro Fuenzalida (Colo Colo)
  • Felipe Gutierrez (Twente)
  • Mauricio Isla (Juventus)
  • Francisco Silva (Osasuna)
  • Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras)
  • Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
Forwards: 
  • Fabian Orellana (Celta)
  • Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo)
  • Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari)
  • Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona)
  • Eduardo Vargas (Valencia)
May 30, 2014 - Alexis Sanchez sets up friendly win over Egypt
"Alexis Sanchez inspired Chile to a come from behind 3-2 friendly win over Egypt in Santiago on Friday.... The Barcelona attacker set up all three goals for Jorge Sampaoli's men, whose high line had been exposed by Mohamed Salah and Khaled Kamar in the first half.... Alexis helped his side back into the game by setting up Diaz to make it 2-1 in the 26th minute. His run down the right led to him squaring for the Basel midfielder, whose first touch bounced up and allowed him to volley into the bottom corner and in off the post.... On the hour-mark, more genius from Alexis saw Chile level. From the right, he picked out the deep run of Vargas, who finished first time past substitute goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary. The Barcelona forward was at it again to set up what proved to be the winner in the 78th minute. Receiving a pass with his back to goal and just inside the attacking half, he lost his marker before picking out Vargas through the centre of a big hole in the middle of Egypt's defence." - Goal

May 25, 2014 - injuries deplete provisional World Cup roster
"Chile's provisional World Cup squad was cut to 24 on Sunday (AEST) with the withdrawal of midfielder Pablo Hernandez who has failed to recover from a leg muscle injury. The O'Higgins player is the sixth to pull out of the 30-man provisional squad coach that Jorge Sampaoli named last week after midfielder Matias Fernandez, keeper Paulo Garces, forwards Esteban Paredes and Gustavo Canales and defender Enzo Andia. 'The ANFP communications management reports that the Chilean national team coaching staff released player Pablo Hernandez', the Chilean FA said in a statement. Fiorentina's Fernandez, who requires surgery on an ankle injury, is the most serious loss for Sampaoli, who must discard one more player before naming his 23-man squad by June 2." - ABC

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