Chile gave coach Marcelo Bielsa a winning farewell by beating Uruguay 2-0 in a friendly Wednesday.
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Alexis Sanchez scored in the 38th minute and Arturo Vidal in the 74th, while Uruguay played most of the match with ten men after Walter Gargano was sent off in the 41st for a hard tackle on Mark Gonzalez.
Bielsa resigned earlier this month following the election of Spanish businessman Jorge Segovia as the new president of Chile’s football association.
Bielsa supported incumbent president Harold Mayne-Nicholls. Bielsa said before the election that he would step down if the Spaniard were elected, and he followed through.
The Argentine finished with a record of 28 victories, seven draws and 15 losses in 50 matches with Chile. His main achievement was getting Chile to the World Cup for the first time since 1998. Chile reached the second round in South Africa before losing to Brazil.
Many of the 40,000 fans at the match at Monumental stadium in Santiago wore black T-shirts to show their displeasure with Bielsa’s departure, which is being blamed squarely on Segovia, the new president.
Chile has not named a new coach although Claudio Borghi, who quit Wednesday as Boca Juniors coach, has been mentioned. He was a popular coach with the Chilean club Colo Colo.
URUGUAY, Fernando Muslera, Diego Lugano, Mauricio Victorino, Maximiliano Pereira ( Sebastian Eguren, 63), Jorge Fucile, Alvaro Pereira, Egidio Arevalo, Walter Gargano, Diego Forlan (Sebastian Abreu, 78), Luis Suarez (Cristian Rodriguez, 46), Edison Cavani.