Chile vs Paraguay
Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
(1-0) 1-3 – Castillo; Gonzalez, Perez, Lucena
For the second time this tournament Paraguay bounced back from a goal down to win, the result ended Chile’s 100% record and is a huge step for the Albirrojita towards Turkey and the U20s World Cup. The game was 10 vs 10 for much of the contest following a dismissal for both captains in the first half. In what was a scrappy match, laden with fouls (32 in total), Paraguay struggled early on before profiting from the counter attack which has been a potent weapon in this tournament for Victor Genes’ side.
Paraguay have been somewhat unfortunate in terms of the goals they’ve conceded this tournament and yet again there was an element of luck in Castillo’s early opener, a freekick that struck the wall yet squeezed through to beat Diego Morel. The Paraguay goals came in the 2nd half two on the counter attack and one via a set piece.
Jorge Rojas led the charge for the equaliser, too strong and fast for the Chilean midfield as he burst through and released Montenegro on the left hand side, his measured cross found Derlis Gonzalez who opted for the hardest option, scooping the ball over the oncoming defender and goalkeeper. He is now joint topscorer in the tournament. Rojas got his second assist of the game as he provided the cross for giant defender Matias Perez to head home, beating the goalkeeper to the ball and netting his third in two matches. The game was completed with another counter attack and some tremendous technical ability by Derlis Gonzalez, surrounded by several red shirts he dribbled round two before timing his pass perfectly to Angel Lucena who smashed in a fierce shot into the top corner.
Great result for Paraguay who are showing plenty of ‘garra’ mixed with flashes of talent managed by a tactically astute Victor Genes. The future is bright!