The Chilean national team lost 0-2 to Tunisia in a friendly match played today in Japanwhere Eduardo Berizzo’s Red suffered defensive failures that were decisive and was not successful in attack either.
Chile was overtaken by the African team in the match played this Friday at the Kobe Noevir Stadium (western Japan), the second with Berizzo on the bench after the 0-2 loss against South Korea last Monday.
The South Americans began to gain control of the ball as the first half progressed and search for combination play, as the “Toto” Berizzo in the days before the match. A Ben Breneton Diaz Very active, it appeared throughout the Chilean attack front, where more ideas were lacking to find spaces.
The Blackburn Rovers striker starred in the first dangerous arrival with a shot from close range in the 25th minute that was saved by the Tunisian goalkeeper, after a good combination from the Chilean midfield.
Five minutes later came another even clearer opportunity at a boarding school Eugene Mena on the left, followed by a shot that crashed Brereton Diaz in the goalkeeper and whose rejection sent Montecinos over the crossbar when he had everything going for him.
It would be Tunisia, which until then had hardly generated any danger, which went ahead on the scoreboard. Drager he hung a ball from the right and headed it into the net Abdi virtually unopposed by the Chilean defense.
At the start of the second half, the picture did not improve too much for Chile against some Tunisians who seemed closer to 0-2 with up to four occasions in the first ten minutes, although without aim. The clearest was for Jaziri, with a shot inside the area that deflected Zacarias Lopez.
Berizzoprobably not very happy with the performance of his team, took Medel and Brereton Diaz in minute 59, to give entry to Tomas Alarcon and Jean Meneses. The latter created danger with an internment in the area just entered the grass, although her shot hit a defender, and Galdames could not see the door either after hunting the rebound.
even worse luck Meneses had in the next playin which he suffered an injury and had to leave the game after playing just ten minutes and leaving his place to Diego Valencia.
Chile pressed with 15 minutes remaining and began adding chances, the first clear with a header from Ronnie Fernandez that went very close to the crossbar, to a pass from Mena, and the second with a cross shot from Montecinos.
Tunisia came to score 0-2 by middle of Jebali after a new disconnection of the Chilean defense, although the goal was annulled for offside. It was a warning of what would happen in the 89th minute: Jebali himself sent to the net, this time legally, an assist from Drager after an error at the start of the red ball.
Chile still had the opportunity to shorten the deficit thanks to a penalty by a Tunisian defender inside the area in the fourth minute of added time. Valencia was in charge of launching it but Dahmen read the shot perfectly, and the Tunisian goalkeeper also repelled the shot that Galdames connected after the rebound.
Berizzo’s Chile, which does not yet know victory nor has he managed to score any goals, the winner of the clash between Japan and Ghana will be measured next Tuesday in Osaka, within the framework of the Kirin Cup that takes place these days in Japan and that serves as preparation for the Qatar World Cup for the participating teams that have managed to qualify.
La Roja remains expectant from Japanese lands about a FIFA resolution for the Byron Castillo casewhose improper alignment by Ecuador in the World Cup qualifiers was denounced by the Chilean federation, which could lead to sanction for the Tricolor and open the options of teams that were left out of the classification, as is the case of Chile.
0. Chile: Zacarias Lopez; Pablo Díaz, Francisco Sierralta, Jeyson Rojas (Mehssatou, m.82), Eugenio Mena; Gary Medel (Alarcón, m.58), Felipe Méndez, Pablo Galdames; Brereton Díaz (Meneses, m.58, Valencia, m.70), Ronnie Fernández and Joaquín Montecinos (Joaquín Montesinos, m.82).
2. Tunisia: Dahmen; El Abd (Kaib, d.92), Talbi, Ghandri, Drager; Laidoudini, Romdhane (Jebali, m.67), Sassi, Sliti (Mejbri, m.78), Slimane (Bilel Ifa, m.92) and Jaziri (Mskani, m.67).
Goals: 0-1, m.40: El Abdi. 0-2, m.89: Jebali.
Referee: Ryo Tanimoto (JAP). He booked Ronnie Fernández and Rojas, for Chile, and Drager, for Tunisia.
Incidents: Match played at Kobe’s Noevir Stadium, before some 12,000 spectators. Corresponding to the Kirin Cup friendly tournament.