Ecuador dealt a severe blow to Chile Which they beat 2-0 on Tuesday away from home and sent to sixth place, while La Tri clinched third place in the South American qualifiers with six points over Colombia and Peru.
With 23 points, Ecuador took over the third box and put the Red to suffer and make accounts, which began the fourteenth day in fourth position and finished in sixth with 16 points.
At the San Carlos de Apoquindo stadium in Santiago, Pervis Estupiñán scored the first goal at nine minutes after a quick overflow through the right sector and a center that, after rebounding in the Chilean area, was left to the defender who scored a left-footed shot through the inaccessible left wing for Claudio Bravo.
At 93 minutes, at the end of the match, midfielder Moisés Caicedo put the finishing touch with a powerful shot from outside the area that left the Chilean goalkeeper without a chance.
Things got even more complicated for Martín Lasarte’s team when at 14 minutes Argentine referee Fernando Rapallini showed Arturo Vidal a red card after he delivered a strong foul against Félix Torres near the Ecuadorian area.
Alexis Sánchez retired injured
With the midfield decimated, the scenario continued to worsen for La Roja when striker Alexis Sánchez was injured, showing muscular problems, being replaced in the 36th minute, as was left-back Eugenio Mena.
The locals did not register shots on goal during the first 45 minutes and Ecuador maintained the dominance of the game for most of the game, with some lights from Lasarte’s pupils during the addition.
0 – Chile: Claudio Bravo; Mauricio Isla, Guillermo Maripán, Francisco Sierralta, Eugenio Mena (d.28, Gabriel Suazo); Arturo Vidal, Diego Valdés (m.37, Marcelino Núñez), Claudio Baeza (m.75, Joaquín Montecinos), Gary Medel; Alexis Sánchez (m.36, Jean Meneses), Eduardo Vargas.
Coach: Martín Lasarte
2 – Ecuador: Alexander Domínguez; Byron Castillo, Piero Hincapié, Pervis Estupiñán, Félix Torres; Carlos Gruezo, Moisés Caicedo (m.94, Robert Arboleda); Alan Franco Palma (m.71, Jeghson Mendez), Ángel Mena (m.88, Ayrton Preciado), Jerey Sarmiento (m.71, Gonzalo Plata), Michael Estrada (m.87, Bryan Angulo).
Coach: Gustavo Alfaro
Goals: 0-1, Pervis Estupiñán (m. 9); 0-2, Moisés Caicedo (m. 93)
Referee: Argentine Fernando Rapallini expelled Vidal and admonished Castillo, Franco and Meneses.
Incidents: match valid for the fourteenth date of the South American qualifiers towards the Qatar 2022 World Cup held at the San Carlos de Apoquindo Stadium in Santiago de Chile