In their penultimate tune-up for the World Cup, Chile overcame a disastrous start to the match to leave the Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos with a 3-2 win over a resilient Egypt side.
Over the course of recent years, Chile's attacking style of play, which involves pressing high up the pitch and exploiting the flanks, has earned praise in international football circles. But one of the flaws with the aggressive system is that it often leaves a great deal of space behind the team's back line for opponents to exploit.
On Saturday, the flaw was on display from the get-go as Egypt took advantage of Chile's high pressure with two perfect counterattacks in the opening 15 minutes.
First came a goal from Chelsea's Mohamed Salah, who took off on a breakaway that began near the half-circle in the 11th minute.
Only four minutes later, Khaled Kamar doubled Egypt's lead when La Roja's back line was caught napping yet again.
Luckily for Chile, they were able to enter the interval only down 2-1 thanks to Marcelo Diaz, who registered his first national team goal when he received a pass in the box, served himself up a bicycle kick, and blasted the ball past Sherif Ekramy in the 26th minute.
The rest of the first half saw Claudio Bravo and Ekramy exchange a series of phenomenal saves, the most notable of which was a stop from the Egyptian keeper on a volley from Alexis Sanchez in the box.
In the second half, both sides continued to force tough saves out of Bravo and Ekramy. And finally, in the 59th minute, Chile leveled the score courtesy of some phenomenal playmaking skills from Sanchez and some composed finishing from Napoli striker Eduardo Vargas.
18 minutes later, Vargas scored the winner on a goal that was almost identical to his first. Sanchez once again provided the striker with an exquisite through ball, and Vargas slotted it home on his third touch.
Chile will next host Northern Ireland on Wednesday.
Feature photo courtesy of Reuters/Edgard Garrido