Women's World Cup: Chile qualifies for the first time

Chile qualified for the Women's World Cup for the first when it finished second at the Copa America Femenina it hosted.

La Roja needed to beat Argentina to clinch second place and a berth in the finals and won with a 4-0 victory on Sunday before more than 12,000 fans at the Estadio La Portada in La Serena.

Goals from Camila Saez and Maryorie Hernandez put Chile ahead and an own goal at the end of the first half made it 3-0. The fourth goal from Francisca Lara followed at the end of the second half.

Chile features players from France, Spain, Brazil, Colombia and Japan in addition to the NWSL (the Washington Spirit's Yanara Aedo). As host of the Copa America Femenina, Chile was one of the few South American teams to put many resources into preparing for qualifying. In the last year, it hosted four South American rivals in addition to traveling to France for a friendly against the 2019 World Cup hosts.

Chile was the only team in the final four that has never played in the Women’s World Cup. Brazil, which has played in every tournament, won the Copa America Femenina, beating Colombia, 3-0, to finish with seven wins in seven games and a 31-2 goal difference.

The loss eliminated Colombia, which reached the round of 16 in Canada three years ago after upsetting France in the group stage. Argentina, which has not reached the finals since 2007, will play the Concacaf No. 4 team in a playoff later in the year.

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