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September 10, 2013
• Stade de Genève, Carouge
Referee: A. Jaccottet
• Attendance: 15000
Jesús Navas 90'+
E. Vargas 5', 44'
Spain look to secure their passage to the 2014 World Cup when they host Belarus in Mallorca on October 11th whilst Chile also look to guarantee their berth with a tricky trip to Colombia. Thanks for joining me, Max Bentley, on this Goal.com live commentary. Make sure to check out the match report, player ratings and reaction. Until next time, goodbye!
FT: Spain 2-2 Chile. Chilean hearts are broken late on as Jesus Navas scores an injury-time equaliser to deny Jorge Sampaoli's side a famous victory over the world champions and one they perhaps deserved. Eduardo Vargas scored two well-taken goals either side of Roberto Soldado's bullet header but Spain struck late on to extend their unbeaten run over their South American opponents to six matches.
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Goal Jesús Navas González
NAVAS MAKES IT 2-2! It's harsh on Chile but you have to credit Spain for fighting until the final whistle. Negredo plays a wonderful pass into the path of Pedro down the left and he pokes the ball across goal where Navas is there to stab home from close range. I think even a smile may have broken out on Del Bosque's face there.
WHAT A CHANCE FOR SPAIN! Jesus Navas has given Spain a new attacking dimension since his introduction and he threads a wonderful pass beyond the Chile defence for Pedro who cannot get enough contact on his shot, allowing Bravo to make the save.
Jean Beausejour uses his fresh legs to power down the left but his teasing cross into the middle is well anticipated by Monreal, who makes the interception. Can Spain find a late winner?
Eduardo Vargas will not score a hat trick today as he is hauled off for the final few moments by Jean Beausejour.
WHAT A CHANCE FOR SPAIN! Albiol plays the ball out to the right for Navas and he glides past Mena before his low cross into the middle just misses the outstretched leg of Negredo. Nearly a carbon copy of the second goal in Finland.
Santi Cazorla produces some brilliant footwork to set up Navas on the right but his floated cross into the middle just evades the head of Pedro. Time running out for Spain as they continue to search for the equaliser.
Chile win a corner as they look to wrap up the victory but Nacho rises highest to head the ball clear. Sanchez picks up the rebound but his shot is well blocked by Albiol.
Pedro has been Spain's most consistent attacking threat but he leaves Del Bosque scratching his head when he wastefully overhits his cross from the left. Bar that assist, it has been a relatively disappointing performance from the Barcelona winger.
GOOD SAVE FROM BRAVO! Cazorla pings a wonderful pass out to Navas on the right and he jinks past Gonzalez before testing the goalkeeper's instincts with a low drive.
WHAT A CHANCE FOR SANCHEZ! Chile work the ball out to the left-hand side excellently and Mena's cross finds the head of the Barcelona man, who can only head wide when unmarked from a few yards out. That should have been 3-1.
This is a comfortable spell of possession for Chile as they continue to frustrate Spain with their accurate passing. Time running out for the world champions to avoid a second defeat in 30 matches.
If Chile can hold on for the remaining 18 minutes, they will have won six of their last seven matches. Jorge Sampaoli certainly seems to have won over both the players and the supporters with his exciting style of football.
Yellow Card Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla looks frustrated and he is cautioned by the referee for his reaction after being penalised for a foul.
Vidal receives up a booking for a mistimed challenge on Cazorla. The Arsenal man picks himself to take the set piece but can only strike the ball straight into the wall. Disappointing.
Yellow Card Arturo Vidal
One Premier League striker for another for Spain as Alvaro Negredo replaces Roberto Soldado.
CHILE GO CLOSE! Spain are sleeping at the back again and they are fortunate when Medel's acrobatic effort deflects narrowly wide of the post. Not a good day at the office for the Spanish defence.
Cazorla is starting to enjoy himself more in a central role and he sprays a glorious pass out to the right to Navas, whose dangerous low cross is well cleared by Gonzalez. They are still pushing for that equaliser.
Isla makes another stunning run behind Monreal but Reina is immediately alert to the action, racing off his line to reduce the angle for the pass. Good goalkeeping from the Napoli man.
Vicente Del Bosque makes two changes with Pepe Reina on for Victor Valdes and Nacho replacing his Real Madrid teammate Sergio Ramos.
Cazorla floats a dangerous ball into the Chile box but Isla raises highest to head the ball clear.
Jorge Sampaoli is beginning to look a little nervous on the touchline as his side struggle to enjoy possession. Chile certainly on the backfoot.
Spain continue to apply the pressure but Medel produces a crucial interception to prevent Soldado from meeting Pedro's cross from the left. Del Bosque's side certainly look more dangerous with two natural wingers.
Some people have dubbed this Chile side as the golden generation. Not too sure I agree with that one, I was always a fan of the Salas-Zamarano partnership in the 90's.
Spain certainly have a lot more attacking intent about them in the second half as Chile are pegged back in the early minutes. It seems Del Bosque may have had a few stern words at the break.
It's a promising start to the second half from Spain and Cazorla forces Bravo into a smart save after he was set up neatly by Pedro. It seems Fabregas and Xavi were the players to depart for la Roja.
Jesús Navas González
A few substitutions to report at the break. Francisco Silva comes on for Chile whilst Andres Iniesta and Jesus Navas are called upon by Del Bosque for some much-needed creativity in the Spanish midfield.
HT: Spain 1-2 Chile. Eduardo Vargas' well-taken double gives the South Americans a fully-deserved lead at the break. Spain have been outclassed, outpressed and outpassed all over the pitch but they did find a way through courtesy of Roberto Soldado's bullet header. Lots for Vicente del Bosque to think about in the second half.
Assist Alexis Sánchez
Goal Edu Vargas
CHILE REGAIN THE LEAD! Eduardo Vargas doubles his tally as he collects Sanchez's pass before rolling the challenge of Albiol and racing beyond the defence to slot accurately into the bottom corner. Wonderful goal from the Gremio man, who deservedly restores the Chilean advantage, 2-1.
Yellow Card Cesc Fàbregas
Cesc Fabregas is shown the first yellow card of the game for a nasty tackle on Arturo Vidal. He gave the referee no choice with that challenge.
FABREGAS HITS THE POST! Spain nearly turn the game on its head when Cazorla plays in Fabregas on the left corner of the box and his cross-cum-shot comes back off the woodwork with Bravo stranded.
Spain have certainly been second-best in this contest but it only takes one piece of magic to score a goal. That cross from Pedro was absolutely sublime. In truth, it was about time he got one right!
Goal Roberto Soldado
SOLDADO MAKES IT 1-1! Spain have hardly had a sniff of Bravo's goal but the goalkeeper is forced to pick the ball out of his net after Soldado powers home Pedro's cross, despite his best efforts. Solid header from the Tottenham talisman.
There's a real flow to Chile's play and they work the ball over the pitch wonderfully before Vidal's cutback to Vargas is mishit into the gloves of Valdes. That move deserved better.
Chile are pressing Spain excellently all over the pitch and Isla demonstrates their collective spirit by intercepting Ramos' probing through ball. Jorge Sampaoli will be delighted with his team so far.
Roberto Soldado has cut a very isolated figure up front so far but is trying to chase every loose ball. It's rare to see such a lack of creativity from Del Bosque's side and Claudio Bravo is yet to make a save. Dare I say this has been his most comfortable 32 minutes in football!
This Spanish defence has surprised me so far. Only Brazil have scored against Spain in their previous six matches but they have looked very shaky so far tonight, albeit with a few new additions. Victor Valdes is not helping his own cause as he kicks another ball straight out of play.
Pedro has been very frustrating in the opening 28 minutes and he plays another simple ball ahead of Monreal's reach. He''s not quite replicating his fine club form today.
A few appeals for a Chile penalty as Isla collides with Ramos in the box. However, the referee is not interested and calls on the physio to give treatment to the wing-back.
Nacho Monreal is caught napping when Sanchez's neat pass plays in Isla down the right but the Juventus man is denied another assist as Monreal races back to make a crucial last-ditch interception.
Spain threaten when Cazorla advances into the Chile penalty area. The Arsenal midfielder looks to play a neat one-two with Pedro but the latter's return pass is well anticipated by Mena who makes the clearance.
This is anything but a fluent performance from the world champions and the crowd cheer as Chile string together a large number of passes. Spain need to wake up here!
The Spanish players are unhappy when the referee blows his whistle to signal handball. Cazorla's deflected pass looked to be heading straight into the path of Soldado but the referee had already called the play back to penalise Vidal.
Pedro cuts infield from the left wing and opts for an ambitious shot which is well blocked by Medel. That was uncharacteristically selfish from the Barcelona star who had Cazorla and Soldado better-placed in the middle.
Spain work the ball excellently out to the left wing but Monreal's cross is poor and easily intercepted by Vidal. Chile look to break with Sanchez but Arbeloa shows good anticipation to deny his through ball for Vargas.
Fabregas looks to clip a neat pass over the top of the Chile defence for Soldado. The ball hits the back of the Tottenham striker but falls kindly for Iniesta, whose fierce effort deflects off Gonzalez and behind for a corner.
The Chilean players certainly seem to have more hunger in the early stages and Alexis Sanchez produces some dazzling footwork to evade several challenges before being fouled by Santi Cazorla. If anything, Chile look like world champions at the moment.
Spain finally manage to enjoy possession in the opposition half but Pedro can only drag his left-footed shot wide from the edge of the box. Vicente del Bosque looks bemused on the touchline.
The Spanish defence continue to look in disarray as Vidal is adjudged wrongly offside from Gonzalez's raking diagonal pass. Vicente del Bosque's side have not got going at all here.
Assist Gonzalo Jara
Goal Edu Vargas
CHILE TAKE THE LEAD! It's sloppy defending from Spain as Sergio Ramos plays Eduardo Vargas onside and the Gremio striker collects Mauricio Isla's pass before placing the ball beyond Valdes and into the bottom corner. 1-0!
Chile continue to show no fear early on and Sanchez' mazy run is eventually brought to a halt by Albiol. Plenty of confidence running through these Chilean players.
Incidentally, Spain have lost just one of their last 29 games and that was the Confederations Cup final defeat to Brazil. Can another South American side upset the world champions?
It's a promising start from Chile and after a corner is cleared back out to the left side of the box, Diaz stings the palms of Valdes with a low, fizzing drive.
The referee blows his whistle and Spain get the game underway on a pristine playing surface. A lot of empty seats in the stadium tonight.
Chile also enjoyed a positive result in their recent qualifier as they defeated Venezuela 3-0. Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal was among the scorers in Santiago and he, along with Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, will pose the most significant threat to Spain.
Spain go into the match primed to reach the World Cup after their 2-0 victory over Finland in qualifying on Friday, with their goals coming from Jordi Alba and Alvaro Negredo.
Vicente del Bosque's men also narrowly edged their last competitive meeting in the group stage of the 2010 World Cup, as goals from David Villa and Andres Iniesta were enough to seal a 2-1 success.
Chile (3-5-2): Bravo; Medel, M. Gonzalez, Jara; Isla, Pizarro, M. Diaz, Mena, Vidal; Sanchez, Vargas.
Spain (4-3-3): Valdes; Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos, Monreal; Xavi, Garcia, Fabregas; Cazorla, Soldado, Pedro.
The most recent encounter between these sides also came in a friendly in Switzerland, in September 2011, when Spain came from two goals down to win 3-2 in St Gallen thanks to an injury-time strike from Cesc Fabregas.
Jorge Sampaoli's side have lost all five of their previous encounters with la Furia Roja but can they reverse that trend tonight? Bringing you up-to-date with all the action as it unfolds from the Stade de Geneve in Switzerland, my name is Max Bentley.
Spain are currently top of Group I, three points ahead of France in the European qualifying section whilst Chile sit in third place in the South American sector, two points off joint-leaders Argentina and Colombia.
Both Spain and Chile sit well-placed in their respective FIFA World Cup qualifying groups as they edge closer to securing their berths in next summer's finals in Brazil. However, this evening's friendly contest allows both teams a break from competitive action and perhaps a chance for several fringe players to make an impression to their coaches.
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