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FC Barcelona on International Duty: Chile vs Venezuela: Preview

A preview of Chile's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Venezuela -- albeit from an FC Barcelona perspective

Streeter Lecka

Currently, Chile occupy the final automatic qualification berth for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, sitting in fourth place in the South American qualifying section. Undoubtedly, their quest to qualify has been aided by the absence of Brazil, who qualify automatically as hosts -- but the exact circumstances don't really matter to the Chilean public, nor to FC Barcelona winger, Alexis Sanchez. Reaching the World Cup is enough -- and a home win against Venezuela in the early hours of tomorrow morning would build up a healthy cushion for La Roja.

And it's tough to bet against Chile securing a favourable result, particularly now that star striker Alexis Sanchez has finally found his feet. At FC Barcelona, he is scoring goals and playing well -- and finally, after a two-year drought, Sanchez is back scoring goals for his country too. His goal against Bolivia all but secured a victory back in June and Alexis was firing in all cylinders a few weeks ago against Iraq. With two goals and two assists, this was arguably Sanchez' finest international performance to date, and he will be hoping for more of the same against a Venezuela side that typically struggle on their travels.

For more coverage of this week's international break, be sure to keep an eye on our International Break StoryStream, and check in later with our International Break Open Thread, where you can discuss all of tonight's action.

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