Another matchup during the international break that will feature one of our own will be the matchup between Paraguay and Chile. Midfielder Miguel Almiron and Paraguay will look to keep their dreams of a World Cup spot alive as they head down to Chile and take on La Roja.
Paraguay 2-1 Chile (September 1, 2016)
Goals from Oscar Romero and Paulo Da Silva within the first 10 minutes of the game proved to be difference in their last encounter. Arturo Vidal scored for Chile in the 36th minute to put La Roja back in the match but Paraguay prevailed to earn three valuable points at home. Miguel Almiron came on the 67th minute for Federico Santander.
Los Guaranis are currently in eight place with 18 points but are only four points away from fifth place Argentina and five points from fourth place Chile. In South America, the first four teams qualify automatically for the World Cup while fifth place earns a spot for an international playoff match in November.
With such format, a victory for either team will go a long way towards reaching the World Cup next summer. Paraguay have only earned four points of a possible 21 on the road in qualifying, while Chile has only lost once at home during this round.
Chile, who finished second during June’s Confederations Cup, has only made two changes to its roster from such tournament for this round of qualifying.
Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal are tied for first place as Chile’s top goal scorers with six goals each.
Paraguay failed to reach the World Cup in 2014 for the first time since 1994. Their best showing was in 2010 when they reached the quarterfinals and were led by Tata Martino.
How to watch:
Venue: Estadio Monumental David Arellano Santiago De Chile (CHI)
Kickoff Time: 6:30 P.M. ET
Available TV: BeIN Sports
Available Stream: Go 90 app (no subscription required on mobile or tablet), BeIN Sports CONNECT (Sign-in with your television provider required)