Earlier today Chile completed a come-from-behind 22-18 victory over Paraguay in the South American Championship. It was a round two match featuring two sides who had come off opening losses last weekend. Played at the Colegio Saint John in El Venado, Concepción Chile collected vital competition points and will now travel to Montevideo to face Uruguay next weekend. Paraguay, for its part will host Brazil in Asunción.
Los Condores bounced back from an underwhelming tournament opening against Brazil in São Paulo to defeat Paraguay by four points earlier today. Los Yacarés made Chile work very hard for the victory as Chile's depth was again put to the test.
The decision to select local based players including many players with no previous experience in the senior side in combination with the excluson of professional players has resulted in Chile being notably below full strength. Brazil gave Chile a true test match in the opening round and Paraguay pushed Los Condores to the limit to almost put Chile bottom of the table.
Similar to the opening round match agaist Uruguay Paraguay started the match very strongly. Los Yacarés opened the scoring in the third minute with a try to Ermard Brizuela. it was unconverted and Chile hit back quickly with winger Italo Zunino scoring in the seventh minute. Neither of the tries was converted which saw the scored tied at 5-5.
Los Condores were their own worst enemies for patches in the first half as a lack of discipline cost the hosts and provided Paraguay with scoring opportunities. In the 18th and 25th minutes Sergio Alvarenga was on target with penalties which saw Paraguay go six points clear at the interval.
After fifteen minutes of no scoring by either team to open the second half Juan Pablo Larenas went over for a try converted by outside centre Matias Nordenflycht. Ten minutes later Chile appeared to have sealed the result as Nordenflycht converted a penalty try. He knocked over a penalty in the 70th minute to make it 22-11 but Paraguay fought back to score one minute from full time with hooker Juan Gavigan crossing.
Chile: Sebastián Valech, Felipe Burgos, Luis Sepúlveda; Mario Mayol, Ignacio Álvarez; Benjamín oto, Ignacio Silva, Anton Petrowitsch; Jan Hasenlechner, Cristián Oneto; Italo Zunino, José Ignacio Larenas, Matías Nordenflycht, Juan Pablo Larenas; Martín Fernández.
Paraguay: Omar Rojas, Juan Gavigan, Alvaro Rojas Via; Felix Zarate, Wilians Portillo; Carlos Plate, Marcos Riquelme, Miguel Jara; Gonzalo Bareiro, Gerard Cuttier; Eymard Brizuela, Diego Argaña, Juan Ortiz, Sergio Alvarenga; Rodrigo Llamosas.