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International Friendly Preview: Chile v Iraq

12 August 2013 09:49

Chile will hope to gain momentum ahead of the next round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers when they take on Iraq on Wednesday.

Jorge Sampaoli's men head into the contest at Brondby Stadion in Denmark sitting fourth in the CONMEBOL qualifying section, five points clear of Uruguay, who occupy the intercontinental play-off spot.

However, they next face a tough encounter with Venezuela on September 6, knowing that a win would put them on the brink of securing a place at the finals in Brazil next year.

Their preparations will begin with a test against Iraq, whose own World Cup hopes were ended after they were finally eliminated from the Asian qualifying zone following a 1-0 defeat to Japan in June.

Chile will look to Juventus pairing Mauricio Isla and Arturo Vidal to lead their challenge, while Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United's Angelo Henriquez are also included in the squad.

There is also a return for Palmeiras midfielder Jorge Valdivia, who is back in the squad for the first time since October 2011.

Sampaoli's men have not lost since a 1-0 defeat to Peru in March and their results in that spell, which include a 2-2 draw with Brazil and 2-0 win against Uruguay, have served to underline the strength of their exciting squad.

Iraq, by contrast, are a team in transition.

The country's Under-20 side did reach the semi-finals of the World Cup last month, but success at senior level has so far eluded them.

Vladimir Petrovic's men have not scored in their last four encounters, with no player having netted more than one goal in the ill-fated World Cup qualifying campaign.

They will have their sights set on ending that drought on Wednesday, with Alaa Abdul-Zahra their most prominent striking threat, but that is likely to prove difficult against a side very much in form.

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Chile

W D L L W

6 - 0

Iraq

L W W D D
Competition
Friendlies
Date
14 August 2013
Kick-off
18:45
Half-time
5 - 0
Full-time
6 - 0
Venue
Brøndby Stadion (Brøndby)
Attendance
7000

Goals

E. Mena 8'  
1 - 0
2 - 0
A. Sánchez 29'
(assist by M. Diaz) 
3 - 0
J. Beausejour 37'
(assist by A. Sánchez) 
4 - 0
J. Beausejour 45'+1
(assist by A. Sánchez) 
5 - 0
Á. Henríquez 80'
(assist by B. Rabello) 
6 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

Tuesday 23 September

19:00
18:38
18:22
18:14
17:50
17:30
17:24
16:44
16:36
16:22
16:16
15:39
15:33
14:58
14:35
13:55
13:37
13:02
12:14
11:57
11:36
11:32
10:34
10:17
10:06
09:55
09:34
09:06
09:03
06:24
05:43
05:22
05:15
04:51
04:30
04:24
03:41
03:13
02:13
01:24
00:23

Monday 22 September

23:54
23:34
23:23
23:13
23:06
22:45
22:41
22:10
21:44
21:32
21:23
20:40
20:04
20:03
19:36
18:56
18:50
18:30
18:18
18:07
17:27
17:18
16:49
16:48
16:31
16:21
16:14
16:13
16:06
15:43
15:41
15:23
14:57
14:43
14:29
13:59
12:46
12:30
12:21
11:58
11:54
11:43
11:07
10:51
10:25
10:15
09:47
09:41
09:25
09:14
08:56
08:46
08:03
08:02
05:43
05:17
05:13
04:51
04:00
03:53
03:39
03:34
03:32
03:06
02:14
01:31
01:06
00:23
00:06

Sunday 21 September

23:59
23:54
23:46
23:20
23:04
22:50
22:43
22:43
22:20
22:11
21:48
21:27
21:21
21:04
20:50
20:47
20:31
20:16
20:16
20:04
19:53
19:44
19:36
19:19
19:02
18:55
18:32
18:23
18:19
17:09
16:31
16:25
15:17
14:37
13:56
13:40
13:12
13:03
12:11
11:57
11:17
10:38
08:48
07:35
04:31
04:24
04:00
03:02
02:58
02:23
02:13
01:16
01:10
00:30
00:10
00:00

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