Claudio Borghi was fired minutes after his team were outclassed 3-1 by
Serbia in a friendly on Wednesday which saw midfielder Arturo Vidal sent
off for the second international in a row.
Juventus player was dismissed for a horrendous tackle as the frustrated
South Americans slumped to their fifth successive defeat, conceding 14
goals in the process.
also red-carded in last month's World Cup qualifying defeat in Ecuador,
was given his marching orders for a two-footed lunging challenge from
behind in the 79th minute.
were already leading 3-0 with goals by Lazar Markovic, Filip Djordjevic
and Filip Djuricic when Vidal lost his head. Angelo Henriquez scored
Chile's goal in the 87th minute.
asked me to step aside, I'm no longer the coach of the Chilean national
team," Borghi told Chilean reporters after the match in the Swiss town
of St Gallen.
"The evaluation is not good, I had a meeting with the directors and they asked me to step aside."
48-year-old Argentine had taken over in February last year after the
resignation of his compatriot Marcelo Bielsa, who had become a national
hero after leading Chile to the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup.
Chile have slumped to sixth in the nine-team South American World Cup qualifying group with 12 points from nine games.
Sinisa Mihajlovic's team went ahead when Markovic took advantage of sloppy marking to score with a header in the 21st minute.
Djordjevic extended Serbia's lead two minutes after the break and Djuricic fired the third before the hour.
feel we are to blame for what happened today and in the previous
games," Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, who has not scored for Chile
for 16 months, told reporters.
"We didn't give 100 percent on the field of play.
"He trusted us, the players, and I personally think we let him down. We should have given a lot more."
Borghi's reign began badly with a quarter-final elimination at the hands of Venezuela in last year's Copa America.
briefly topped the South American qualifying group after wins against
Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Venezuela, but have plummeted down the table
and are now out of the qualifying positions.
who made his name as coach of an exciting and highly successful Colo
Colo side, inherited one of the finest generations of players Chile has
ever produced but struggled to emerge from Bielsa's shadow.
was also plagued by indiscipline and at one point last year banned five
players, including Vidal, for "inappropriate behaviour" after they
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