SANTIAGO, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The Colombian soccer team managed to tie Chile 2-2 in the last minutes of the game, in a high-intensity match played on Tuesday night for the second date of the South American qualifiers at Qatar World Cup 2022.
La “Roja”, who had just lost 2-1 against Uruguay in Montevideo, had managed to overcome the score against, but could not maintain their advantage against a solid Colombia that traveled to Chile backed by their 3-0 victory over Venezuela on the first date.
Pressing hard for much of the first half, Colombia opened the scoring in the 7th minute through Jefferson Lerma, who nailed a header after a center from Stefan Medina.
Chile discounted at 37 minutes with a penalty executed by Arturo Vidal, who had been lying in the area after a free kick due to a possible foul by Lerma, which the Argentine referee Darío Herrera sanctioned in favor of the Chileans.
Five minutes later at the National Stadium in Santiago, Alexis Sánchez fought a play and managed to score 2-1 for the “Roja” by skipping the Colombian goalkeeper Camilo Vargas.
But at 90 + 1, Radamel Falcao scored the 2-2 and consolidated a Colombia that never stopped seeking equality.
“We went out in the second half with the determination to find the match. We always believed that we could turn the score around,” full-back Juan Guillermo Cuadrado told reporters.
Chile showed greater dominance at the beginning of the second half, but Colombia quickly shook and through James Rodríguez gave the first warning signs. It was a dynamic game, with both teams playing evenly and with several side and side infractions.
At 62 minutes, a goal disallowed by the coffee growers due to a previous foul on Mauricio Isla further inflamed the spirits, until Chile gradually lost ground to a Colombia willing to take at least one point from Santiago.
On the third date of the qualifying rounds, on November 12, Chile will face Peru and Colombia will face Uruguay.
(Report by Natalia Ramos)