Copa America: Host Chile edges defending champ Uruguay

Mauricio Isla scored with 10 minutes left in regulation to give host Chile a 1-0 win over defending champion Uruguay in the quarterfinals of the Copa America before 45,304 fans in Santiago. The Celeste, who had knocked the host team out of the last two Copa Americas, finished with nine players after having Edinson Cavani and Jorge Fucile sent off in an intense game.

The quarterfinal match was a year to the day after Uruguayan star Luis Suarez bit Italian Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup -- an incident that led to his suspension from the Copa America -- and Wednesday's match was just as intense.

Both red cards against the Uruguayans led to long delays as they protested the calls. On Cavani's ejection for his second yellow card, he lightly slapped Gonzalo Jara after the Chilean grabbed his butt.

Longtime Uruguay coach Oscar Washington Tabarez, who was ejected after the second red card, kept Cavani in the lineup despite his father's arrest for allegedly killing a motorcyclist in a drunk-driving incident.

After the game, Washington Tabarez said afterwards that Cavani was provoked and his team had no chance after the red card.

"I would like to lose in a different way," he said.

June 24 in Santiago
Chile 1 Uruguay 0. Goal: Isla 80.
Chile -- Bravo; Isla, Medel, Jara, Mena; Diaz (M.Fernandez 70), Aranguiz, Vidal; Valdivia (Pizarro 85); A.Sanchez, Vargas (Pinilla 70)
Uruguay -- Muslera; Pereira, Gimenez, Godin, Fucile; Arevalo Ríos, C.Sanchez, Gonzalez, Rodriguez; Rolan (Hernandez 58), Cavani.
Red Cards: Uruguay -- Cavani 63, Fucile 87.
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil).
Att.: 45,304.
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TV Schedule:
June 24 in Santiago
Chile 1 Uruguay 0.
June 25 in Temuco
Bolivia vs. Peru (game 20), 8:30 pm ET
June 26 in Vina del Mar
Argentina vs. Colombia (game 21), 8:30 pm ET
June 27 in Concepcion
Brazil vs. Uruguay (game 22), 6:30 pm ET

June 29 in Santiago
Chile vs. Winner 20 (game 23), 8:30 pm ET
June 30 in Concepcion
Winner 21 vs. Winner 22 (game 24), 8:30 pm ET

July 3 in Concepcion
Loser 23 vs. Loser 24, 8:30 pm ET

July 4 in Santiago
Winner 23 vs. Winner 24, 5 pm ET

6 comments about "Copa America: Host Chile edges defending champ Uruguay".
  1. Gus Keri, June 25, 2015 at 6:13 a.m.

    It amazes me every time an incident like this happens, how all the focus is on the retaliation. I am not saying that the retaliation should not punished but how about the instigator? Shouldn't he be punished also? Shouldn't Jara be punished retroactively for unsporting behavior? I have seen it over and over again. Players are being punished for elbow or other violations, but not for personal insults. This is not different than what Materazzi said to Zidane or what Evra said to Suarez to instigate the retaliation. FIFA should put an end to these kind of insults, now that they have TV evidence.

  2. William Anderson, June 25, 2015 at 11:59 a.m.

    Jara should be suspended for 3 matches for inflicting the "shocker" on Cavanni. Poking your finger up someones anus is only appropriate for your physician, and then only after the age of 50. None of these soccer players needs a rectal examination.

  3. Santiago 1314, June 25, 2015 at 3:34 p.m.

    @William, ...That Jara, !!! ... He sure is an A $$ Hole...!!!..Off Field TV Booth Replay Officials would solve this... just like Baseball

  4. William Anderson, June 25, 2015 at 3:44 p.m.

    It is one thing MLS does right. Post game film anal-ysis would catch this and allow for further suspension.

  5. Santiago 1314, June 25, 2015 at 5:37 p.m.

    @ William.. Your Killing me... LMFAO... BUTT, Didn't you mean (Futher "Suppositories") would be Handed out by MLS ???

  6. David Crowther, June 25, 2015 at 7:47 p.m.

    Comebol will punish players based on video evidence. In fact, reports out of Chile this afternoon seem to indicate that Jara will be suspended for at least the rest of the cup. This is a big blow for Chile as he's the only natural center defender in their starting line-up.

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