Chile win behind-closed-doors game against the Ferns 2-1 in Santiago

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A goal four minutes into stoppage time has given Chile a 2-1 win against the Football Ferns in the second friendly international between the sides.

The game was played behind closed doors at the Quilin Complex, Santiago, at the request of the home team.

The teams were locked 0-0 at half-time.

NZ Football say the Ferns’ best chance of the first half fell to striker Milly Clegg in the 23rd minute after some neat combination play.

Chile took the lead 10 minutes into the second spell through midfielder Yanara Aedo.

New Zealand midfielder Betsy Hassett levelled in the 81st minute, playing her 150th game for the national side.

A video clip shared by NZ Football on social media shows Hassett taking a penalty that was saved by the Chile ‘keeper Christiane Endler, playing her 100th international, who turned the ball onto the post.

Hassett was first to the rebound, tapping the ball into the net.

Teammates congratulate Betsy Hassett after her goal. Photo: Screengrab of NZ Football social media clip.

Substitute Gabi Rennie shot over the bar late in the game when a Clegg crossed reached her on the edge of the six-yard box.

Rennie’s effort left her injured, forcing New Zealand to finish the game with 10 players

Chile’s Karen Araya scored the winner with a long-range effort in added time to take the two-game series with back-to-back wins after their 3-0 win on Sunday.

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Head coach Jitka Klimková included youngsters Anna Leat, Kate Taylor and Milly Clegg in her starting line-up, and gave starts to Grace Neville, Annalie Longo and Grace Jale.

Main photo: Milly Clegg … in the starting line-up against Chile. Photo credit: NZ Football.

Defender Claudia Bunge, midfielder Liv Chance and forward Jacqui Hand were not named in the squad for the match.

The trio also missed the first match, with the explanation that they were being sidelined as a precaution.

Defenders Katie Bowen and CJ Bott, who started in the first game, were left out of the squad, enabling them to return to their clubs in Europe.

Striker Hannah Wilkinson was not included after her red card in Sunday’s match.

Final whistle at the behind-closed-doors game. Photo credit: Screengrab from Chile Football social media,

Starting line-ups


Christiane Endler (captain), Michelle Olivares, Su Helen Galaz, Yastin Jimenez, Yenny Acuña, Karen Araya, Yanara Aedo, Javiera Grez, Daniela Zamora, Fernanda Pinilla, Camila Sáez.

Subs: Antonia Canales (GK), Gabriela Bórquez (GK), Claudia Herrera, Monserrat Hernandez, Sonva Keefe, Yessenia Lopez, Franchesca Caniquán, Isidora Olave, Catalina Fiqueroa, Anais Alvarez, Rosario Balmaceda.

New Zealand

Anna Leat, Grace Neville, Kate Taylor, Ali Riley (captain) (Paige Satchell 78′), Rebekah Stott (Michaela Foster 78′), Betsy Hassett, Indiah-Paige Riley, Malia Steinmetz (Grace Wisnewski 68′), Annalie Longo (Ally Green 45′), Grace Jale (Gabi Rennie 68′), Milly Clegg.

Subs: Brianna Edwards, Vic Esson.


Game played on Wednesday September 27, 2023

Chile 2 (Yanara Aedo 56′, Karen Araya 90+4′)
New Zealand 1 (Betsy Hassett 81′)

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