CARACAS, Nov. 17 (Xinhua)– Dalian Professional striker Salomon Rondon struck late as Venezuela protected a 2-1 house win over Chile in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier here on Tuesday.

Universidad de Chile protector Luis Mago put the hosts ahead in the ninth minute by heading home at the far post after Yangel Herrera’s curling free-kick.

Chile adjusted soon after when Darwin Machis failed to deal with a Mauricio Isla cross and Arturo Vidal fired in the rebound. It was the Inter Milan midfielder’s fourth goal from as many matches in the existing South American certifying competition.

Rondon brought back Venezuela’s lead nine minutes from time by fulfilling a Yeferson Soteldo cross with a lunging volley at the far post. The previous West Bromwich and Newcastle United forward, who is Venezuela’s all-time leading scorer, now has 31 objectives in 81 worldwide matches.

The outcome at Estadio Olimpico marked Venezuela’s first win of the campaign as they bid to get approved for football’s showpiece competition for the very first time. Enditem