Chile edged-out Scotland in a five-goal thriller in Moscow this afternoon, with two first-half penalties providing the main talking points until a winner from Diego Rubio who’s now the tournament’s top scorer. Chile book themselves a quarter-final against Argentina.
Chile were unchanged from their 6-1 thrashing of Ivory Coast, while there were two changes for Scotland after their 4-1 win over Croatia. Ryan Gauld and James Morrison came into the starting XI in place of James Forrest and the suspended James McArthur.
The match at the Spartak Stadium got off to an absolute flier when Swiss referee Sascha Kever pointed to the spot when Carlos Labrín caught Russell Martin in the box with just 59 seconds on the clock. After a lengthy delay caused by the protesting defence, up-stepped Ian Morrison to smash the penalty into the top corner.
It was a lead that inly lasted six minutes as Diego Rubio beat the offside trap from Arturo Vidal’s through-ball and he calmly chipped the ball past the on-rushing David Marshall in the Scottish goal. Chile certainly had the better of the rest of the half but the game looked like it was going into the break as a draw until another decision by the officials.
As the fourth official was about to hold up the board for stoppage time, Gary Medel broke past the Scottish back four onto Rubio’s pass. He was shepherded away from goal by Christophe Berra, but Scott Robinson flew in with a challenge and the referee had little option but to give a penalty. Marshall went the right way, but Arturo Vidal’s penalty was just out of his reach and Chile went into half-time ahead.
Scotland got themselves back on level terms eight minutes after the restart. James Morrison’s deep cross was left by the Chilean centre-backs who looked happy for the ball to seemingly run out wide, but Lee Wallace arrived perfectly in time to get a vital touch at the far post for 2-2.
The winner came just four minutes later. Daniel Wilson brought down Carlos Carmona on the right-hand side, and Mauricio Isla floated the free-kick towards goal. No one got a touch to the delivery which bounced dangerously in the six-yard box before Russell Martin leathered he ball behind for a corner.
Felipe Gutiérrez whipped it in from the right towards the penalty spot where Diego Rubio got above his marker and powered his header past the man on the post for his sixth of the tournament, and book Chile’s spot in the last eight.
FIFA WORLD CUP: SECOND ROUND CHILE 3-2 SCOTLAND Rubio 10, 57 I.Morrison 3 pen Vidal 45+1 pen L.Wallace 53 I.Morrison Martin