Chile pin hope on Pinilla for World Cup qualifiers

Published: October 2, 2017
SHARES
Email
PHOTO: REUTERS

PHOTO: REUTERS

SANTIAGO: Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has recalled on-form striker Mauricio Pinilla for the next two World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Brazil, the Chilean Football Association said on Sunday.

The Universidad de Chile forward has 45 caps for the national side but has not started an international match in more than a year.

Argentina, Chile flounder in World Cup qualifiers

However, five goals in his last four games earned him a surprise recall as Pizzi shakes up his squad in an attempt to reach the tournament next year.

The Copa America champions have struggled this year and currently lie sixth in the South American qualifying group, with only the top four teams guaranteed a place in Russia next June.

Sanchez not guaranteed starting spot, says Wenger

The fifth-place side will take on New Zealand in a play-off. Four points separate Uruguay in second to Chile in sixth.

Chile face Ecuador at home on Oct. 5 and then travel to Brazil for their final game five days later.

Facebook Conversations

Leave Your Reply Below

Your comments may appear in The Express Tribune paper. For this reason we encourage you to provide your city. The Express Tribune does not bear any responsibility for user comments.

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive. For more information, please see our Comments FAQ.

More in Sports