Chile defeats Venezuela 2-0 to take SAmerican lead

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, June 9 2012 7:51 p.m. MDT

Chile's players celebrate after a World Cup 2014 qualifying soccer match against Venezuela in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, Saturday, June 9, 2012. Chile won 2-0.

Fernando Llano, Associated Press

Chile took over the lead in South American World Cup qualifying, winning 2-0 at Venezuela on Saturday as Matias Fernandez and Charles Aranguiz scored late goals.

Fernandez put the visitors ahead in the 85th minute and Aranguiz scored in the first minute of stoppage time.

In Saturday's other South American qualifier, Bolivia defeated visiting Paraguay 3-1 as Alcides Pena scored in the 10th minute and Pablo Escobar added goals in 70th and 80th minutes. Cristian Riveros scored in the 83rd for Paraguay.

Chile (4-2) has 12 points, followed by Argentina (3-1-1) with 10, and Uruguay (2-0-2) and Venezuela (2-2-2) with eight apiece. Colombia (2-1-1) is next with seven, followed by Ecuador (2-2) with six, Bolivia (1-4-1) and Paraguay (1-3-1) with four each and Peru (1-3) with three.

The top four nations qualify, and the fifth-place team advances to a playoff against as Asian opponent.

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