If we glance coldly at issues, Chile has casualties however not unattainable possibilities of moving into the playoffs for the World Cup. You must beat a relaxed, and gifted by the VAR, Uruguay that has already certified, that Peru doesn’t beat an inspired Paraguay and Colombia doesn’t beat a go to to Venezuela, a crew with which it traditionally has issues and that’s at all times performed a traditional in opposition to the Colombians. In different phrases, the mix of outcomes is just not loopy: Chile wins and Peru and Colombia tie their respective duels.
It might be argued that these Qatar qualifiers have been suffering from particular fortuitous occasions that performed in opposition to Chile: Coates’ hand in Montevideo, Falcao’s purpose in stoppage time in Santiago, the draw with Bolivia in San Carlos de Apoquindo, everlasting accidents of Alexis, the targets given to Argentina in Calama… and sure, there have been occasions that confidently may play in favor of Chile. The identical digicam that didn’t validate Canchita González’s purpose on Thursday in Montevideo was not dominated out on the time of reviewing Coates’ hand a 12 months and a half in the past. This is the VAR, expertise managed by people who reply to their very own pursuits.
But remaining within the calculator that, extremely, nonetheless provides us a possibility after the win in Maracana, or within the fortuitous occasions of any tie, can be a self-deception, a entice of the feelings generated by the Chilean crew. Qualifying for Qatar wouldn’t be misplaced as a result of one or two unlucky occasions, it could be the results of a construction that has Chilean soccer at its most crucial second. The indisputable fact that no Chilean referee has been thought of for the double eliminatory, the opposite 9 associations can have judges on the court docket, tells us one thing. Or that that very same Chilean arbitration has acquired a really severe grievance from the digital journal Tribuna Andes about how the definition of the promotion between Huachipato and Copiapó was intervened, the penalty was charged from Santiago, and there’s nonetheless not a single response from Castrilli or the ANFP, is one other very huge alarm.
Referees is an effective reflection of our soccer: improvisation, conflicting pursuits, no worldwide weight, irregular acts… Why ought to Chile go to the World Cup? With a soccer with a excessive share of groups managed by representatives; the place promotions are outlined by the penalty court docket and never on the sector; the Chile Cup has 4 video games with Walk Over on the primary date; a businessman provides and removes gamers from Lasarte’s payroll as he sees match; that the choice has been the topic of improvisations and the coach has been fired with out having a substitute; the place the president of the ANFP is given a coup d’état as a result of he was not the puppet that his mentors supposed; the place a crew as huge because the U is purchased in a darkish maneuver and nonetheless with out absolutely understanding one another; the place there’s an invented class, the Second Professional, solely to hinder the entry of tv rights to the smaller groups; the place programming a match, like Universidad de Chile in opposition to Unión, can’t be performed after ruling out 5 totally different stadiums; the place the courageous bars determine the place and at what time to play.
This structural mess, the place what issues least is the sport and the competitors, needed to be mirrored within the choice. To proceed to enchantment to the golden technology to do their “last dance” is nearly an insult to intelligence. Pure voluntarism. Lasarte was chosen as a result of he was visiting Chile and it was low cost. That was the technical standards. This is the way it has gone for us, the outcomes greater than the consequence of a job, they’ve been efficiency spasms primarily based on the motivation or not of the gamers. To that we add the prospect of getting found Ben Brereton. Without the Blackburn Rovers man, Chile was out three dates in the past. Until his arrival, the crew’s purpose common was only one per sport within the final 4 years.
But that is soccer, doing every little thing improper, scraping the pot of a technology of gamers, with out having crushed any of those that beat us within the desk besides Peru at house, you might have an opportunity on the final date. Complicated, relying on different outcomes, however likelihood in any case.