Haiti comes up just short in pre-Gold Cup visit to Chile
Eduardo Vargas of Chile finishes off against goalkeeper Johny Placide of Haiti, in an international friendly match on June 6, 2019, at La Portada Stadium in La Serena, Chile. (Photo courtesy of ANFP)

LA SERENA, Chile A valiant performance in a 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup tune-up for Haiti came up just short with a 2-1 defeat to Chile in an international friendly on Thursday night at the Estadio La Portada in La Serena, Chile.

It was a vibrant start to the affair, with Chile mounting plenty of pressure on the Haitian defense, however the Concacaf side stood strong.

Haiti was also finding room on the counterattack and that’s how it broke the deadlock in the 26’ through Frantzdy Pierrot, who knifed in between a pair of Chilean defenders to poke in a cross from Carlens Arcus.

Chile looked to respond and after being turned away numerous times by Haiti GK Johny Placide, the home side pulled level 1-1 in the 69’ thanks to a sweeping right-footed shot from Eduardo Vargas.

The momentum stayed with Chile and two minutes later in the 71’ a ball deflected twice right into the path of Jose Pedro Fuenzalida, who turned a shot into net for the 2-1 final.