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|South American World Cup 2014 qualifiers: Chile defeat an aggressive Bolivia 2-0|
A late first-half opening goal by Charles Aránguiz paved the way for a valuable Chile win away to Bolivia in La Paz in World Cup qualifying action.
In tough surface conditions, Bolivia displayed an aggressive match at home. Desperate for much-needed three points, it was an even match in midfield throughout the first half particularly with numerous attacks created by Jhasmani Campos.
La Paz is over 3,000 metres above sea level.
Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for the visitors was up to the task to deny a two-goal lead for the Bolivians.
Just before the break, midfielder Charles Aránguiz (pictured) found himself with a clean-cut pass in front of goal to slot the ball past Daniel Vaca.
The second half was a rough affair. Coach Gustavo Quinteros argued with the refereeing decisions and several Bolivian players lost control in defence. Defender Luis Quinteros got a red card on 54 minutes for a challenge on Alexis Sánchez.
For the visitors, it was a shaky and lacklustre performance. The result nevertheless was important in order to accumulate points in the tough World Cup qualifying round-robin group.
Arturo Vidal ensured the win 7 minutes remaining on the clock with a long-range shot for Chile.