Chile 1-0 Northern Ireland: Paredes Header Decides Tame World Cup 2010 Warm-Up

Bielsa's team continue their preparations with another win...

Chile continued their World Cup preparations with a facile 1-0 win over Northern Ireland thanks to a solitary first half goal from Esteban Paredes.

The Colo Colo midfielder was on hand to guide a back post header beyond Alan Blayney from Matias Fernandez's corner on the half hour mark to give Marcos Bielsa's men a straightforward win.

Blayney proved the busiest man on the pitch in the opening exchanges and kept Northern Ireland in touch with fine saves from Marco Estrada and Gonzalo Fierro early in the contest.

Former Manchester United youth Johnny Gorman had the best of Northern Ireland's chances in the first half, first failing to get his shot away after some decent build-up from Nigel Worthington's side and then on the stroke of half-time the 17-year-old spurned a glorious opportunity when he blazed over with just the 'keeper to beat.

After the interval Fabian Orellana had a good chance to double Chile's lead but after creating the opening blasted his effort off target. The Chileans then had strong claims for a penalty waved away as goalscorer Paredes was tumbled by Andrew Little but it wasn't given.

Michael McGovern, introduced at the interval in place of Blayney, capped his debut with a stunning save from Estrada's long range strike in one of the few bright moments of a tepid second half.

Chile are expected to field a much stronger outfit when they take on Israel in their penultimate World Cup warm-up game tomorrow.

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