The fifth date of the South American Qualifiers towards the World Cup in Qatar today found Chileans and Paraguayans at the San Carlos de Apoquindo stadium. Match marked by the nerves of the local team, which at all times sought to dominate the ball and was excessively fussy, protesting every move by the Paraguayans.
Charles Aránguiz openly attacked Miguel Almirón (16 ‘) and Argentine referee Néstor Pittana tried to keep calm, solving the impasse with a pair of yellow cards, one per side. The temperature rose and from then on there was a concert of kicks and insults between the protagonists.
Although Paraguay started with Carlos González only in the lead, the pressure of the Chilean fund blocked the assistants (Ángel Romero and Miguel Almirón) willing and isolated the nine of the Mexican Tigres, leaving the Albirroja in a very compromised position due to its almost null offensive production.
Antony Silva showed that his performance against Lionel Messi’s Argentina was no mere coincidence and sustained the zero of his goal with a couple of great saves, according to his category. Pittana’s permissiveness continued and the strong tackles didn’t slacken either. It was played to the limit of the cards.
Paraguay did not drop the decibels and entered the game of La Roja, he let himself be swallowed by anxiety and it was difficult for him to recover the ball; consequently, he lost it easily. Chile lost Paulo Díaz due to injury (40 ‘) and there Paraguay began to win the wings, bringing more danger and thus moving the ball away from their area.
The complementary started with Omar Alderete punching Luis Jiménez in the face, but neither Pittana nor the VAR took any action. The action of the albirrojo defender only fueled the evident animosity between the teams. One kick here, one there. Grabs, irons, scrapes and skirmishes, and a couple more reprimands.
The excitement of the goal only arrived at 68 ‘with a fulminating shot from the Englishman Brereton Díaz and returned against Albirroja at 71’ with an inspiration from Mauricio Isla. Paraguay received some encouragement with the expulsion of the bellicose Aránguiz (73 ‘).
Pittana did not want to harm Chile more and forgave Arturo Vidal, who attacked Antonio Sanabria in the nose of the permissive Argentine judge. In case something was missing, Omar Alderete got tired of collecting fouls and left Albirroja with 10 at the end. And so the game went, with the Paraguayan defeat and its own disappointment at the questionable performance.
In this way, Paraguay stagnates in sixth position with 12 units, three from the repechage zone (Colombia, with 15) and four from the direct classification zone. Now it is his turn to dance in the height of La Paz, with Bolivia.
Source: Diario Hoy