South Africa World Cup: Chile defeats Honduras in its debut

In a display of offensive football, the Chilean team defeated Honduras in a game followed by a country that was paralyzed so it could watch the “Roja.” Now the team led by Marcelo Bie4lsa is preparing to meet its next rival, Switzerland.

Jean Beausejour scored the Chilean goal (minute 34) in a game played before some 40,000 spectators.
Jean Beausejour scored the Chilean goal (minute 34) in a game played before some 40,000 spectators.

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– The key players on the Chilean national team
– The path of “La Roja” to the World Cup in South Africa
– Chileans depart for South Africa

Chile obtained a historic victory against the Honduran national team in South Africa, affter going 48 years without winning a game in a World Cup,“La Roja” defeated the Central Americans 1-0 in an intense match that was played in the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit, thus confirming the good moment that the team run by Marcelo Bielsa is going through.

Jean Beausejour scored the Chilean goal (minute 34) in a game played before some 40,000 spectators, including a large group of Chilean fans, known as the “Red Tide.” Despite the close score, the Chilean team attacked throughout the entire game and created multiple goal opportunities.

The Chilean attack was coordinated by Jorge Valdivia, Matías Fernández, Alexis Sánchez, and Beausejour, while the defenders Gary Medel and Waldo Ponce did not face major problems. Nor did goalkeeper and captain Claudio Bravo, who plays for Real Sociedad in Spain.

Now all sights are set on the next rival: Switzerland, which will play against the Chilean team on Monday 21 June after defeating Spain 1-0.

The praise
The international press highlighted the quality of “La Roja’s” game, in particular its persistence in the attack, something that stood out in a World Cup that has been characterized by a more pragmatic and defensive football.

For example, the Spanish newspaper Marca affirmed that Chile had “proven its credentials” and that the national team had defeated a limited Honduras, which could have been defeated by a landslide. For its part, Argentina’s Clarín headlined “Chile won with Bielsa and ended 48 years without victories the World Cup.”

Twitter, one of the social networks preferred by Chileans, was another platform that several celebrities used to praise the Chilean team. For example, the singer Ricardo Montaner published on his account “Chile, ‘El Loco’ and his boys have plenty more football to give us!!!” For his part, Ricky Martin wrote “Go Chile, Congratulations.” The Colombian Shakira, who participated in the World Cup opening ceremony, highlighted “La Roja’s” victory.

The celebrations
Chileans did not miss the game, despite the fact that it started at 7:30 on a cold morning. At close to 06:00 traffic jams could also be seen in the country’s main cities.

In fact, close to 5,000 fans watched the game in the Plaza de la Constitución, opposite La Moneda, where a giant screen was set up to broadcast the game. After the victory, office workers, students, and merchants headed to the most traditional center for celebrations in the capital: Plaza Italia, which was invaded by flags, trumpets, and Chilean team jerseys.

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