Monday 23 April 2018, 01:25

Chile qualify for maiden Women’s World Cup

  • Chile become fifth South American side to feature at Women’s World Cup

  • Argentina to feature in play-off for spot at France 2019

  • Brazil win berth at 2020 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament

Chile broke through for their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup™ qualification in spectacular fashion with a 4-0 win over Argentina in the final round of the Copa America Femenina on Sunday.

Needing a victory to leapfrog Argentina and shore up South America’s second and final automatic ticket to France 2019, Chile opened the decisive match in purposeful fashion.

Camila Saez and Maryorie Hernandez scored by the midway point of the first half to put Chile firmly in control.

The contest was effectively over as Agustina Barroso contributed an own goal on the stroke of half-time, before Francisca Lara iced the cake in second-half injury time.

Colombia, who featured in the past two Women’s World Cups, saw their outside hopes extinguished with a 3-0 defeat against Brazil who retained their title for the third successive time.

Argentina will now feature in the play-off against CONCACAF’s fourth-placed side later this year.

2015 Women’s World Cup debutants Ecuador bowed out in the group stage at the ten-nation Copa America Fememina without a win.

Brazil’s victory means they will feature at the 2020 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo, while Chile will play-off against an African opponent.