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Chile Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi To Step Down After World Cup Failure

Juan Antonio Pizzi has confirmed he will stand down as Chile coach, just hours after his team were beaten 3-0 by Brazil to miss out on qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

Pizzi’s contract was due to expire at the conclusion of the qualifiers and after Chile finished sixth in the 10-team group, outside the places for Russia, he said there was no reason to discuss a new deal.

“I am ruling myself out of continuing,” Pizzi said in comments reported by Chilean media and confirmed by veteran midfielder Gary Medel.

Juan Antonio Pizzi led Chile to victory at the 2016 Centenary Copa America but his ageing team have struggled in the closing stages of the qualifiers, winning just two of their last six games.

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