Chile lose to Romania in international friendly with Liga MX heavy squad
Chile will not participate in the 2018 FIFA World Cup despite having one of the most talented squads in its history. La Roja is now in a transitional phase under Colombian manager Reinaldo Rueda and is trying to get back on track for a completely new process heading towards 2022.
This Thursday, May 31, Chile played in an international friendly match against Romania at the Sportzentrum Graz-Weinzodl in Graz, Austria as a part of this new process. The South American side did end up with 10 men at the end of the match and ended up losing the clash 3-2.
The encounter proved to be an even duel in Austria as both teams finished with around the same amount of possession and around the same amount of shots. Guillermo Maripan and Lorenzo Reyes provided the goals for La Roja against a Romania team that did not have very many standout players.
Diego Valdes impressed for Chile today. Lorenzo Reyes did for the first hour too. Maripan had a good first half, but yet again lost concentration in the 2nd, which is major issue. However there's a lot of work for Rueda to do with these young Chileans. Work in progress.
— Adam Brandon (@AdamBrandon84) May 31, 2018
The starting lineup that Reinaldo Rueda used for this match was very Liga MX heavy as five current Liga MX players featured in it. (Igor Lichnovsky, Sebastian Vegas, Martin Rodriguez, Diego Valdes, Angelo Sagal). Nicolas Castillo, who just departed Pumas UNAM was also in the starting XI, but did receive a red card in the 30th minute of the game. Five other Liga MX players featured on the bench including Angelo Henriquez, Felipe Mora and Victor Davila.
The result was not the best for Rueda’s team, but the red card also has to be factored into the uninspiring result. For now, there are some young and talented players for Chile, but it is very unclear if they will become superstars like Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal.