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Bravo erases Brazil woe with Colombia thrashing

Chile captain Claudio Bravo claimed the 4-0 thrashing of Colombia was the ideal tonic after their disappointing defeat to Brazil last weekend.

Chile went down 3-0 to the Selecao in Santiago, but bounced back in style with a rout of the Cafeteros in the eighth round of fixtures in the South American World Cup qualifying zone.

The win has lifted Marcelo Bielsa's side up to fourth place in the table on 13 points, four below leaders Paraguay.

Goalkeeper Bravo said: "This is a gift for the entire group after what we experienced in the defeat to Brazil. We are very happy.

"We do everything we were told to do. Fortunately we managed to score from the opportunities we had."

Gonzalo Jara, who opened the scoring in the 25th minute before further goals from Humberto Suazo, Ismael Fuentes and Matias Fernandez sealed the win, added: "Despite the loss to Brazil, we kept our faith because we are aware of the hardwork we are doing.

"This is a very good group where no one feels he has a cemented place in the starting XI."

Real Betis midfielder Mark Gonzalez praised the attitude the team showed against the Colombians.

"In some parts of the game, our will helped us overcome bad football," he said. "This victory was crucial to remain in the qualifying berths.

"We want to play all the matches with the same attitude we had on Wednesday."

Coach Bielsa also singled out certain players for particular praise.

"(Humberto) Suazo was terribly unselfish," he said. "Mark (Gonzalez) was very important in the game, (Arturo) Vidal and (Roberto) Cereceda progressed a lot as wide-midfielders as their play was key."


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