The much heralded Humberto Suazo made his appearance in this game but he did not look match fit. Marcelo Bielsa realised Suazo's ineffectiveness and reverted to the team that beat Honduras five days ago. The change was a success as Valdivia quickly made his presence felt. El Mago was the architect of Chile's best moves in the second half. He supplied the through ball to Esteban Paredes to cross for the Gonzalez' header.
A card-happy referee increased the tension in the match, with Swiss players trying to get Chilean players booked or sent off to compensate for Behrami's dismissal. This was the only sore point in a thrilling and absorbing match. Bielsa is poised to make amends for Argentina's shock exit in 2002 as Chile look for a draw against Spain to advance into the last 16.
La Roja's inability to finish off opponents is a real worry. This weakness will prove to be their undoing in the knock out stages. With better finishing composure and pass selection, Chile could have put the match beyond doubt. Nevertheless, it could be a matter of time before the skillful La Roja score a bucketload against their opposition.