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Chilean striker Mancilla's title joy turns to World Cup despair

24 May 2010 22:35

SANTIAGO (AFP) - Chilean striker Hector Mancilla's joy at winning the Mexican league title with Toluca on Sunday turned to World Cup heartbreak on Monday when he was informed he had been cut from the World Cup finals squad by coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Mancilla said he had been told by Bielsa - who coached Argentina at the 2002 World Cup finals and to the 2004 Olympic gold medal - that he had been left out for footballing reasons leaving the coach with just one more player to cut before finalising his 23-man squad .

The striker had complained recently of being left out of the loop with regard to whether he was going to South Africa for the finals, which run from June 11 to July 11.

Chile are in Group H along with Honduras, Switzerland and European champions Spain.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad/ESP), Miguel Pinto (Universidad Chile), Luis Marin (Union Espanola)

Defenders: Roberto Cereceda (Colo Colo), Pablo Contreras (PAOK Salonika/GRE), Ismael Fuentes (Universidad Catolica), Mauricio Isla (Udinese/ITA), Gary Medel (Boca Junior/ARG), Gonzalo Jara (West Bromwich/ENG), Waldo Ponce (Universidad Catolica), Arturo Vidal (Bayer Leverkusen/GER)

Midfielders: Carlos Carmona (Reggina/ITA), Marco Estrada (Universidad de Chile), Matias Fernandez (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Gonzalo Fierro (Flamengo/BRA), Rodrigo Millar (Colo Colo), Rodrigo Tello (Besiktas/TUR), Jorge Valdivia (Al Ain/UAE).

Forwards: Jean Beausejour (America/MEX), Mark Gonzalez (CSKA Moscow/RUS), Fabian Orellana (Xerez/ESP), Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo), Alexis Sanchez (Udinese/ITA), Humberto Suazo (Real Zaragoza/ESP).

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