Chile delivers Congo bongo

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

It was an other impressive performance.

Last night Chile scored three second-half goals en route to a 3-0 win over Congo at Commonwealth Stadium.

The win gave Chile first place in Group A and guarantees them a return trip to Edmonton for a second-round encounter. The South Americans round out their group games against Austria Sunday in Toronto.

"It was a tough game," said Chilean striker Nicolas Medina. "It was a bit complicated, but at the end I think we scored all the goals we deserved.

"Congo played hard and when they went down a man they backed off a little and it got hard to break them down."

MAN DOWN

Congo were forced to play a man short after defender Yann Kombo was given a straight red card for a tackle on Chilean midfielder Nicolas Larrondo in the 22nd minute.

Despite playing with 10 men, the African champions played the Chileans even through the first 45 minutes.

"In my opinion it shouldn't have been a red card," said Congo head coach Eddie Hudanski. "I don't think it should have even been a yellow card.

"We knew that with 11 against 11, it would have been difficult to win against Chile. They are one of the best teams in the world. I'm not satisfied with the refereeing. Chile is a very good team they don't need any help from the referees."

In the second half, Chile took it to the next level.

Striker Alexis Sanchez, who was suspended for the opening match against Canada scored the opening goal four minutes in, taking the ball at the edge of the penalty area, cutting across the net and firing a low shot into the corner.

Mathias Vidangossy nearly made it two a few minutes later when Sanchez sent him in with a precise through ball. However, Vidangossy's shot bound off the goalpost.

In the 75th minute, Media finished off a nice passing play by sliding the ball past goalkeeper Destin Onka into the far post.

"When we came out for the second half we knew we had to play better than we did in the first half," said Chilean midfielder Carlos Carmona. "We came out a little calmer and we played the ball around a little better. It was a good second half."

Arturo Vidal rounded things off bending a 25-yard shot around Onka and just inside the far post.

From there the South Americans put on an passing exhibition, essentially playing keep-away from Congo to the delight of the large number of Chilean supporters who were in the crowd.

"We knew after playing in Toronto that we have a lot of fans in this country," said Chilean midfielder Mathias Vidangossy. "And when you play in front of that many fans, it's almost like playing at home.

"We wanted to play well for them, and in the second half and we wanted to keep going and play entertaining soccer for them."

CHILE FANS

Canadian fans were also cheering for the Chileans.

The win kept Canada alive in the group. Had Congo won, the hosts would have been eliminated from the tournament. As it stands Canada has a chance to move on to the next round of the tournament, but needs a win over Congo in their final group game on Sunday. Canada lost earlier in the day 1-0 to Austria.

"It was a good game, we are glad that we have been able to advance to the next round," Vidangossy said. "Hopefully we can keep playing well and go on to win the tournament."


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