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World Cup qualifying: 'King' Vidal resurrects Chile

World Cup qualifying: 'King' Vidal resurrects Chile

Arturo Vidal returned and lit a fire under Chile, whose 4-1 win against Venezuela put them back on course in World Cup qualifying under new coach Juan Antonio Pizzi.

Chile got a win in the humid hot city of Barinas after an adverse run of three games without a win.

Two goals from Vidal and Mauricio Pinilla gave new life to the champion of America.

Pizzi celebrated the revival of his team but said the victory "does not decide anything" in a qualifying that sees only a four point difference between the leader, Uruguay (13 points), and Paraguay (9 points), which is seventh.

With the victory over the 'Vinotinto', Chile returned to a spot for direct qualification to the 2018 WC. The team is in 4th place with ten points, three points behind Uruguay and Ecuador.

On the return to the team after serving a suspension, Vidal showed he is the leader of the Chilean midfield.

The newspaper Ultimas Noticias highlighted the fact that Vidal reached 15 goals with the national team and showed "that he is a star player."

In the lead-up to the game Vidal made it clear that he came into the duel hungry for glory.

"I hope to be more of a leader than ever," he had said. He was just that with a good performance and a voice on the field.

"We started very slow, but we were always focused. I'm happy for the goals but more for the win because we needed it," said the player after the match.



Photo: AFP