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It was a lively night for the FC Barcelona internationals. Chile drew in Colombia (3-3), after leading 3-0 at one stage, meaning Alexis Sánchez must wait for World Cup qualification, while Spain struggled to beat Belarus (2-1) in Mallorca, but are now all but mathematically through to Brazil 2014. Alexis and Xavi scored two goals and one goal respectively.
Chile pay the price
It was never an easy fixture for Chile, away to second placed Colombia, but just thirty minutes into the game and it all looked over. An 18th minute penalty from Arturo Vidal was followed by a brace from Alexis Sánchez (22 and 29), who played the full 90 minutes, and it looked like Chile were home and dry.
But it all changed after Chile were reduced to ten men after Carmona was sent off. Colombia fought back through goals from Gutiérrez and Falcao (penalty), and then with seven minutes to go, another Falcao penalty levelled the match (3-3).
It was enough for Colombia to secure passage to the finals. But Chile, who needed three points, must still wait. A draw at home to Ecuador on Tuesday and both sides are safely qualified.
Spain leave it late
Things were almost as uncomfortable for Spain, with six FCB players in the starting eleven (Valdés, Piqué, Busquets, Xavi, Cesc and Pedro). The home side failed to create much of note in a dull first half. Iniesta came on for Monreal at half time and Pedro switched from the left to the right. The Canary Islander was one of the better players on the pitch, but it was Xavi who opened the scoring after 61 minutes and Negredo made it 2-0 after 78.
It looked ike Spain were home and dry, but a Koke error in midfield led to Belarus pulling a goal back in the 88th minute through Kornilenko. But Spain managed to hold on and are now virtually through to the finals. A draw against Georgia in Albacete on Tuesday would be enough to ensure qualification regardless of what France do against Finland.
Valdés, Piqué, Busquets, Xavi and Pedro all played the full 90 minutes, while Cesc was substituted after 83 minutes and Iniesta came on at half time.
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