Santiago - Chile scored a 1-0 win Wednesday against Argentina in Santiago to establish solid credentials to reach the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
In the South American qualifiers, Fabian Orellana scored the lone goal in the match in the 35th minute. Chile had all the clear scoring chances, and Argentina played poorly despite fielding superstars Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.
With a tireless, well-rounded team effort and great midfield work from Matias Fernandez, Chile at all times appeared in command.
Chilean keeper Claudio Bravo acknowledged the importance of beating a global football giant like Argentina, but he played down the symbolic importance of the day's triumph to focus on the practical significance.
"It is three points that help you get to a World Cup," he said.
The win left Chile with 16 points from 10 games, tied with Argentina and Brazil, though the latter had a game in hand. Paraguay led the table with 23 points, following a 1-0 win against Peru earlier Wednesday. (dpa)