Chile ties with Belgium at last Kirin Cup match

The national soccer team finished with a 1-1 tie against the European squadron.

29 de Mayo de 2009 | 14:37 | El Mercurio Online

SANTIAGO.- The Chilean national soccer team has left much to speculation regarding their upcoming World Cup qualifying matches after a 1-1 tie today against Belgium at their last match at the Kirin Cup in Japan.


At the event, which was the team's last game before they face Paraguay and Bolivia, Marcelo Bielsa's players once again failed to close out the match and was plagued by defensive errors. The outcome has led to some concern since several of the players that were placed as starters today are also scheduled to take the field against Paraguay.


The scoreboard was marked first by the Belgians with a goal by Kevin Roelandts at the 15 minute mark. Later, the game was tied when Universidad Católica player Gary Medel scored a point for Chile.


The match marked the second time Chile and Belgium have faced each other. The first occasion was in 1960, as preparation for the 1962 World Cup, and ended with a score quite similar to today's.


The Chilean team will arrive in Santiago this weekend and as of Monday is expected to complete the team of players that will play abroad (along with those who are already training in the Juan Pinto Durán athletic complex) to begin preparing for the confrontation against Paraguay.

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