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Suazo strikes sink Venezuela
Chile snatch a stoppage-time win in their 2010 World Cup qualifier in Venezuela.
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2008 08:21 GMT
Chile forward Humberto Suazo, left, celebrates his injury time winner against Venezuela [AFP]

Humberto Suazo, Chile striker, scored two goals, including a stoppage-time winner, to give his side a 3-2 away win over Venezuela in a South American 2010 World Cup qualifier in Puerto La Cruz.

The goals all came in the final 35 minutes of a lively match as Chile picked up their second away win in four days, justifying coach Marcelo Bielsa's controversial decision to field a young team and leave out several experienced players.

Giancarlo Maldonado put Venezuela ahead in the 59th minute, but Chile replied with a Suazo penalty and a Gonzalo Jara goal before Juan Arango equalised for the hosts with 10 minutes left before Suazo struck the winner.

Chile, who were beaten 6-1 by Brazil in a Copa America match at the same stadium last year, moved level with Colombia on 10 points from six games in the 10-team group, one behind Argentina and three adrift of leaders Paraguay.

Brazil, who were beaten by Paraguay on Sunday and held to a 0-0 draw at home by Argentina on Wednesday, are in fifth place with nine points, followed by Uruguay on eight, Venezuela on seven and Ecuador on five.

The top four teams qualify directly for South Africa 2010, while the fifth placed team plays off against the fourth placed team from the CONCACAF region.

Late goals

Venezuela applied all the early pressure but Chile, not afraid to attack away from home, gradually took control and created several openings before the break.

The visitors continued to push forward after halftime and Jean Beausejour had a header cleared off the line by Leonel Vielma after a defensive mix-up.

Against the run of play, Venezuela went ahead when Maldonado's low 30-metre free kick found its way through the Chile wall.

Suazo levelled in the 65th minute, firing a penalty into the roof of the net after Miguel Mea Vitali tripped Alexis Sanchez, and Jara swept in a free kick from Mark Gonzalez eight minutes later.

Arango equalised in the 80th minute, finding a gap between the near post and Claudio Bravo from Maldonado's pass and Venezuela had two good efforts saved by the Chile goalkeeper as they threatened to snatch a winner.

Instead, Chile stole the points when Suazo drilled a low shot past Renny Vega from the edge of the penalty area in the second minute of stoppage-time to seal a memorable away victory.

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