South American Futbol - Libertadores, Sudamericana, World Cup 2010

Chile and Paraguay played in a friendly

South Africa held Paraguay to a 1-1 draw at home in a match in which both nations had undermanned lineups. The Paraguayans are anticipated to be a strong team in the World Cup finals, and South Africa, the tournament’s hosts, is anticipated to turn on the style even if they don’t have any notable players. The battle between two teams who were vying for victory was fascinating for the spectators at the Defensores del Chaco Stadium in Asuncion.

Attacking midfielder Marcelo “Chelo” Estigarribia gave the home team the lead in the 37th minute with a strong header that gave South African goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune no chance.

Siphiwe Tshabalala, a midfielder for the Bafana Bafana, scored a piledriver from 35 meters away in the 72nd minute to force a draw.

Aureliano Torres, the left defender for San Lorenzo, took a risky free kick in the closing minutes that Paraguay nearly grabbed from their grasp.

Chile 0-0 Venezuela

Chile was held to a scoreless draw at Temuco, Chile, as a result of its inability to penetrate Venezuela’s staunch defense. La Roja’s lack of dominance in the game left the 18,000 spectators in the stadium dissatisfied.

Even though several fresh players, notably Felipe Seymour, Ronald Gonzalez, and Luis Marin, were making their debut for the national team, Chile’s Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa was undoubtedly disappointed with his team.

With friendlies against Mexico, New Zealand, Israel, and Ireland, Chile hopes to continue its World Cup preparation.



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