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Late goals seal Chile win over Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's Ryan McLaughlin attempts to hold off Jose Rojas of Chile

Two late goals saw Northern Ireland lose to World Cup-bound Chile in a friendly in Valparaiso.

Michael O'Neill's side held their own for 79 minutes but saw their resistance broken by substitutes Eduardo Vargas and Mauricio Pinilla.

Vargas headed the opener, before Pinilla raced through to shoot low past Northern Ireland keeper Roy Carroll.

As with Northern Ireland's 1-0 defeat in Uruguay, it was a performance O'Neill could take heart from.

But it was still another loss - their sixth in eight games - and a fourth successive outing without scoring.

Goalscorers Vargas and Pinilla started on the bench, along with Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, but Chile needed all three to ensure they completed their World Cup preparations with a victory.

Corry Evans and Luke McCullough of Northern Ireland with Chile's Alexis Sanchez and Jorge Valdivia

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Northern Ireland fall to late goals in Chile

The South Americans will face Australia, Netherlands and Spain in Group B in Brazil.

But they could have fallen behind in the first half against Northern Ireland, as the hard-working Ryan McLaughlin won a couple of free-kicks on the right wing.

Brother Conor McLaughlin's 20th-minute header, following Shane Ferguson's tempting delivery, was goalbound when Johnny Herrera made a smart save.

Oliver Norwood went direct in the 38th minute, whipping a shot to the near post which Herrera scrambled to safety.

Chile dominated possession but Fabian Orellana's scuffed effort was the best they could offer.

As the hour mark approached, Jorge Valdivia saw what appeared to be a cross veer towards the top corner, but Carroll backtracked and clawed to safety.

Valdivia then headed against the post from six yards out when he should have scored after Gary Medel's flick.

Moments later, Sanchez made his belated arrival and was almost gifted a bizarre goal when Conor McLaughlin's clearance cannoned off him and needed a sprawling save from the alert Carroll.

The strength of Chile's bench eventually told, Sanchez's chipped through-ball teeing up Vargas for the headed opener 10 minutes from time.

He appeared to be marginally offside, but the result was sealed with a second when Pinilla raced into space before depositing a clinical low shot across Carroll.

Line-ups

Chile

  • 23Herrera
  • 4Isla
  • 2Mena
  • 13Rojas
  • 5Silva
  • 17MedelBooked at 45minsSubstituted forPinillaat 77'minutes
  • 6CarmonaSubstituted forAránguizat 59'minutes
  • 21DíazBooked at 47minsSubstituted forGutierrezat 85'minutes
  • 22ParedesSubstituted forVargasat 59'minutes
  • 14OrellanaSubstituted forSánchezat 59'minutes
  • 10ValdíviaSubstituted forVidalat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bravo
  • 3Albornoz
  • 7Sánchez
  • 8Vidal
  • 9Pinilla
  • 11Vargas
  • 12Toselli
  • 15Beausejour
  • 16Gutierrez
  • 18Jara
  • 19Fuenzalida
  • 20Aránguiz

Northern Ireland

  • 1Carroll
  • 13EvansSubstituted forDonnellyat 89'minutes
  • 11FergusonSubstituted forLaffertyat 78'minutes
  • 18Hughes
  • 19McCullough
  • 4McLaughlin
  • 16NorwoodSubstituted forSteeleat 84'minutes
  • 10Clingan
  • 9MckaySubstituted forMagennisat 62'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 2McLaughlinSubstituted forMcGinnat 71'minutes
  • 8Davis

Substitutes

  • Paterson
  • Shiels
  • Ward
  • 3Lafferty
  • 5Donnelly
  • 6Baird
  • 7McGinn
  • 12McGovern
  • 15Paton
  • 17Steele
  • 20Magennis
  • 23Carson
Referee:
Carlos Amarilla

Match Stats

Home TeamChileAway TeamNorthern Ireland
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Chile 2, Northern Ireland 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chile 2, Northern Ireland 0.

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Niall McGinn.

Eugenio Mena (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Lafferty (Northern Ireland).

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Luke McCullough.

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Chile) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Felipe Gutierrez.

Foul by Felipe Gutierrez (Chile).

Josh Magennis (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Liam Donnelly replaces Corry Evans.

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Chile) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

Attempt blocked. Arturo Vidal (Chile) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a cross.

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Daniel Lafferty.

Francisco Silva (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Lafferty (Northern Ireland).

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Daniel Lafferty.

Substitution

Substitution, Chile. Felipe Gutierrez replaces Marcelo Díaz.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Jonathan Steele replaces Oliver Norwood.

Alexis Sánchez (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Hughes (Northern Ireland).

Goal!

Goal! Chile 2, Northern Ireland 0. Mauricio Pinilla (Chile) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a through ball.

Foul by Mauricio Pinilla (Chile).

Steven Davis (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Chile) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

Goal!

Goal! Chile 1, Northern Ireland 0. Eduardo Vargas (Chile) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Daniel Lafferty replaces Shane Ferguson.

Substitution

Substitution, Chile. Arturo Vidal replaces Jorge Valdívia.

Substitution

Substitution, Chile. Mauricio Pinilla replaces Gary Medel.

Jorge Valdívia (Chile) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland).

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Roy Carroll.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Chile).

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Steven Davis.

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.

Attempt saved. Marcelo Díaz (Chile) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Niall McGinn replaces Ryan McLaughlin.

Mauricio Isla (Chile) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Northern Ireland).

Booking

Josh Magennis (Northern Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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