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WC2010 review: Chile

Chile were always going to battle it out with Switzerland for second place in Group H and despite going down to Spain in their final group match, managed to reach the Round of 16.

Marcelo Bielsa kept his attacking formation from the qualifying phase throughout their time in South Africa and although it did not net the team a high number of goals, at least they played with some flair and creativity.

Alexis Sanchez, Jean Beausejour, Mark Gonzalez and Matias Fernandez were among the men that helped guide Chile to the second phase where they were eliminated by Brazil but if it wasn't for the wastefulness in attack, they could have found themselves in a battle with Portugal where anything could have happened.

Chile were at times frustrating but overall great to watch and bigger things will be expected next time they step out on the international circuit.

Finished: 10th Record: Wins - 2; Draws - 0; Losses - 2; Points - 6 Matches: Honduras (1-0), Switzerland (1-0), Spain (1-1), RO16-Brazil (0-3) Goals: 3 Against: 5

tribalfootball.com's Star ManAlexis Sanchez (The 'Wonder Boy' lived up to his name with dazzling displays. Has an exciting future ahead of him)

Official statistics

Minutes playedJean Beausejour 360 Claudio Bravo 360 Alexis Sanchez 335 Mauricio Isla 332

Top scorers Rodrigo Millar 1 Jean Beausejour 1 Mark Gonzalez 1

Total shotsAlexis Sanchez 14 Mark Gonzalez 11 Arturo Vidal 6 Humberto Suazo 6

Pass Completion RateGary Medel 87% Waldo Ponce 82% Carlos Camona 77% Gonzalo Jara 75%

Most FoulsArturo Vidal 15 Jorge Valdivia 11 Alexis Sanchez 8 Carlos Camona 7

Yellow cards Waldo Ponce 2 Matias Fernandez 2 Gary Medel 2 Carlos Camona 2 Rodrigo Millar 1 Humberto Suazo 1 Ismael Fuentes 1 Jorge Valdivia 1 Arturo Vidal 1

Red cards none

SavesClaudio Bravo 7

Andrew Slevison
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