Chile defeats Venezuela 2-0 to take lead
Chile moved to the top of South American World Cup qualifying with a 2-0 victory over Venezuela on Saturday.
Matias Fernandez scored in the 85th minute and Charles Aranguiz added another in second-half injury time as Chile improved to 12 points in six matches. Venezuela stayed on eight points from the same number of games.
Argentina, which defeated Brazil 4-3 in a friendly on Saturday, has 10 points from five matches.
The first half was evenly matched with Chile eventually looking the more threatening.
The best scoring chance early in the match came when Venezuela midfielder Grenddy Perozo seemed to have scored, but the goal was correctly ruled offside.
In two more matches Sunday, Uruguay is home against Peru and Ecuador hosts Colombia. Uruguay could improve to 11 points from five matches with a victory, which would put it a point ahead of Argentina. It would trail Chile by a point, but have a game in hand.
VENEZUELA: Renny Vega, Roberto Rosales, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, Grenddy Perozo, Gabriel Cichero, Julio Alvarez (Juan Guerra, 64), Giacomo Di Giorgi, Juan Arango, Luis Seijas (Yohandry Orozco, 82), Nicolas Fedor (Yonathan Del Valle, 64), Salomon Rondon.
CHILE: Claudio Bravo, Osvaldo Gonzalez, Jose Rojas (Marco Gonzalez, 30), Pablo Contreras (Luis Pedro Figueroa, 65), Charles Aranguiz, Marcelo Diaz, Arturo Vidal, Eugenio Mena, Matias Fernandez, Alexis Sanchez, Humberto Suazo (Sebastian Pinto, 79).