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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.

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.



Formation 3-5-2

  • 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


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

Northern Ireland

Formation 5-3-2

  • 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


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

Match Stats

Home TeamChileAway TeamNorthern Ireland
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chile 2, Northern Ireland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chile 2, Northern Ireland 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Lafferty (Northern Ireland).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Chile. Conceded by Luke McCullough.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Felipe Gutierrez (Chile).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Northern Ireland. Liam Donnelly replaces Corry Evans.

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Corner, Chile. Conceded by Daniel Lafferty.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Lafferty (Northern Ireland).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Chile. Conceded by Daniel Lafferty.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Chile. Felipe Gutierrez replaces Marcelo Díaz.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Northern Ireland. Jonathan Steele replaces Oliver Norwood.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Hughes (Northern Ireland).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 5th June 2014

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