Football: Chile to Make Women’s Tournament Debut After Win Over Cameroon in CAF-CONMEBOL Play-off

The final quota in women’s football was decided today where teams from CAF (Africa) and CONMEBOL (South America) faced each other in a play-off. The runners-ups from the two continents, Cameroon and Chile played a two-legged play-off. Due to travel restrictions the two games were played in a neutral country. The games were played in Antalya, Turkey with the first game held on April 10th, 2021 and the second game was held on April 13th, 2021.

Cameroon reached this play-off by reaching the finals of a two-legged elimination bracket. The nation defeated Ethiopia, Congo DR and Cote d’Ivoire before losing to Zambia in the final. Chile played in Group A at their continental tournament where the nation finished second, behind Colombia to advance to the final group. Despite an opening loss to Brazil, Chile drew Colombia and defeated Argentina to finish second and advance to this play-off.

The first match saw Chile take the initial lead with a 25th minute goal by Camila Saez. Chile would double the lead in the 74th minute via Carla Guerrero. While Cameroon would quickly pull the lead back down to one thanks to Ajara Nchout in the 76th minute, they were unable to find the equalizer and lost 2-1.

The second match was a cagey affair, but Chile was able to prevent Cameroon from scoring, ending the match in a 0-0 draw. This allowed Chile to win the play-off 2-1 on aggregate.

This will be Chile’s Olympic debut in the women’s tournament. This completes the qualification process for football. All that remains is for the group draw to be made.

Qualified Nations

Women’s Tournament
* Chile

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