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Win for Thiago & Javi, Vidal downed

On Thursday evening three FC Bayern players were on international duty for their respective teams. Thiago und Javi Martínez played for Spain in a friendly against Belgium, which they won 2-0. Thiago was on the pitch for the full 90 minutes. Martínez, who had been called up by national coach Julen Lopetegui after a long break from international football, sat on the bench for the entire game. David Silva scored the goals in the 34th and 62nd minutes, securing the win for Spain.

Meanwhile, Arturo Vidal had a disappointing evening. Although the Bayern midfield powerhouse made the list of goal scorers with a 36th-minute strike in the South American World Cup qualifier against Paraguay, in the end he was unable to prevent a 2-1 defeat. After this game, Chile have slipped to seventh in the table. However, fourth place, which would guarantee a spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, remains within reach as the Chileans are only three points adrift.

On Tuesday night the Chileans have their next game against Bolivia. Spain start their World Cup qualification campaign on Monday evening when they play Liechtenstein.