Chile huffed and puffed however they couldn’t uncover a way past Bolivia in Santiago on Tuesday.
Chile’s Copa America hangover continued on Tuesday immediately after they had been held to a goalless draw by Bolivia in CONMEBOL Planet Cup qualifying.
Champions of South America to get a second successive year in June, Chile welcomed Bolivia to Santiago as overwhelming favourites, in spite of their loss in Paraguay final week.
But Chile had been left frustrated when once more, this time by FIFA’s 110th-ranked nation on dwelling soil, though Juan Antonio Pizzi’s guys have been not with out their probabilities.
Eduardo Vargas was denied twice by Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe in rapid succession within the 1st half, when Juan Carlos Arce just about stole 3 points for the guests after the break.
The stalemate moved seventh-placed Chile to 11 points from eight matches, four a lot more than Bolivia and five adrift of leaders Uruguay.
Chile were forced into one particular transform, with tenacious midfielder Gary Medel – sent off late in the loss to Paraguay – replaced by Rodrigo Millar.
The Bolivians created three adjustments towards the group that upstaged Peru 2-0 final week, keeper Lampe, Martin Smedberg-Dalence and Yasmani Duk coming in for Romel Quinonez, Jhasmani Campos and Pablo Escobar.
Chile created a scintillating get started for the match, coming close to an opener within 30 seconds of kick-off immediately after Vargas’ darting run deep in to the penalty area resulted in the ball falling kindly to Jose Pedro Fuenzalida, but his effort was straight at the keeper.
The superior Chileans continued to dominate and they had an additional two opportunities to break the deadlock, each via Vargas.
Picked out from a rapid corner, an unmarked Vargas was denied by Lampe in the 13th minute and the Bolivia keeper repeated the feat just seconds later, diving low to push away the forward’s header.
Because the half wore on, Bolivia gradually began to frustrate their star-studded opponents, although Chile did handle to find the back on the net 3 minutes just before half-time, nevertheless it was ruled out following a foul around the keeper.
The second half was not as free-flowing, Bolivia implementing time-wasting tactics to disrupt the Chileans, who pushed additional and more numbers forward, whilst the guests posed a threat around the counter-attack.
A teasing cross from Chile’s Eugenio Mena practically identified Fuenzalida and Arturo Vidal around the hour-mark, nonetheless, an outstretched Lampe scrambled to gather the ball.
There was a heart-in-mouth moment for Chile along with the residence faithful 4 minutes later when Arce’s effort was blocked and cleared off the line.
A cross-cum-shot from Vidal had Lampe scrambling but the keeper avoided an embarrassing moment, tipping the ball more than the crossbar with 10 minutes remaining as Bolivia earned just their seventh away point in Planet Cup qualifying.