Argentina clip Chile


March 26, 2016
file Angel Di Maria


Argentina doubled their goal tally in South American qualifying for the World Cup in beating Copa America champions Chile 2-1 on Thursday.

Argentina were the runner-up in the 2014 World Cup, but have been below par in qualifying for Russia in 2018. They had only two goals in the first four qualifiers, and had to come from behind against Chile.

Felipe Gutierrez scored for Chile in the 10th minute, but Angel di Maria levelled in the 19th and Gabriel Mercado got another five minutes later.

early lead

It was a bad start in qualifying for new Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, who replaced Jorge Sampaoli.

Ecuador, the leaders in South American qualifying, salvaged a 2-2 draw with Paraguay on Angel Mena's equaliser in second-half stoppage time.

Enner Valencia gave Ecuador the early lead, but Dario Lezcano scored the next two to give Paraguay hope of a victory.

In La Paz, Bolivia, Edwin Cardona scored in second-half stoppage time for Colombia to edge Bolivia 3-2.

James Rodriguez and Carlos Bacca scored first-half goals, and Bolivia rallied in the second half as Colombia got tired in the thin air. Juan Arce and Alejandro Chumacero scored, before Cardoza netted the winner.

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