The battle at the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo ends 2-0 to the visitors. Chile’s Arturo Vidal sees red for a horrendous high challenge!
Chile’s hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup are hanging by a thread, after Martín Lasarte’s team suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Ecuador.
The South American nation failed to reach the 2018 edition of the tournament and currently occupy sixth place in the CONMEBOL standings.
Only the top five teams in the group go through to the next stage, with Brazil and Argentina’s places at the World Cup next year already guaranteed.
Chile – who won the Copa America in both 2015 and 2016 – need to improve massively in their final four matches, if they’re to overtake either Peru or Colombia and move into the qualification places.
This encounter against Ecuador got off to the worst possible start for them, as Pervis Estupiñán gave the visitors the lead after just nine minutes. Moisés Caicedo then sealed the 2-0 win, deep into second-half injury time.
Just before the quarter of an hour mark, veteran midfielder Arturo Vidal was shown a straight red card.
The Inter Milan enforcer can have no complaints about the decision whatsoever, as he was guilty of one of the worst high-footed challenges you’ll ever see, on Felix Torres.
Chile’s next game in CONMEBAL qualifying is a home match-up against mighty Argentina on the 27th of January 2022. La Roja need to win to keep their World Cup dream alive.
Meanwhile, Gustavo Alfaro’s third-placed Ecuador welcome Brazil to the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa on the same evening. La Tri will be hoping to put more space between themselves and the chasing pack.