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Chile Can’t Push Past Germany

Chile Can’t Push Past Germany

Posted by Juan Gavasa on March 06, 2014

Chile dominated the attack, with La Roja easing through the edges to go around the German defense, but it was at the final definition where Chile failed to convert on their domination. A lone goal from Mario Götze in the sixteenth minute was all that separated the two sides, with Chile coming close on many occasions, but unable to see the ball over the line.

One of the closest chances saw Arturo Vidal connect his head with a Jean Beausejour corner, only to see the ball swept away by the German defenders at the last moment. The second half saw Eduardo Vargas blast the crossbar, but that was as close as La Roja came to troubling the scoreboard. It was the first time in 13 matches that Chile had failed to score.

Sampaoli’s search for an extra attacking option continues, with the Chile coach recently saying the injured Humberto Suazo remains in the race for a place in the squad for Brazil. The Argentinian coach was happy with the performance of his squad, saying after the match, “The result doesn’t reflect what happened on the field.”

The former Universidad de Chile boss claimed that the performances against England, Brazil and Germany showed that Chile can go head to head with the best teams in the world. With both finalists from the 2010 World Cup in their group, La Roja will be fighting with true contenders for the title.

Australia, Chile’s first opponents in the World Cup, let a 3-0 lead slip to fall to Ecuador 4-3 in the dying moments of their encounter. Group B’s four teams were the only ones to all be facing other teams who will also be in Brazil. Spain beat Italy with a Pedro goal, while The Netherlands fell 2-0 to France.

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