Copa Spotlight: Chile storms into final, again

Chile and Argentina will meet for the third time in the last year in the Copa America as La Roja reached the final of the Copa Centenario with a 2-0 win over Colombia in a weather-delayed game in Chicago. Chile, the 2015 Copa America winner over Argentina in a shootout in the final, fell to Argentina in their opening game of the Centenario.

The USA will now meet Colombia in their own rematch of their Centenario opener in Saturday's third-place game at the University of Phoenix.

Chile used the same approach it took against Mexico, which it stunned, 7-0, in the quarterfinals, pressing the Colombians early and opening up a 2-0 lead on goals by Charles Aranguiz and Jose Fuenzalida after 11 minutes.

Colombia recovered from its horrible start to force Chile keeper Claudio Bravo into saves on Roger Martinez, Carlos Sanchez and Edwin Cardona in the first half.

But any momentum the Cafeteros had ended when the teams were forced to wait for two hours to restart the second half because of the threat of lightning.

In the 58th minute, the game was effectively over when Sanchez was sent off for his second yellow card by Salvadoran referee Joel Aguilar.

June 22 in Chicago
Chile 2 Colombia. Goals: Aranguiz 7, Fuenzalida 11.
Chile -- Bravo, Isla, Medel, Jara, Beausejour, Aranguiz, Silva, Hernandez (Pulgar 30), Fuenzalida (Puch 75), Vargas (M.Gonzalez 88), A.Sanchez.
Colombia -- Ospina, Arias, C.Zapata, Murillo, Fabra (Perez 73), C.Sanchez, Torres, Cuadrado (Bacca 80), Rodriguez, Cardona (M.Moreno 46), Martinez.
Red Card: Colombia -- C.Sanchez 58.
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Att.: 55,423.
3 comments about "Copa Spotlight: Chile storms into final, again".
  1. beautiful game, June 23, 2016 at 12:20 p.m.

    Chile is a contender for the cup; it's peaking at the right time and it's team play is outstanding. Argentina needs to find a solid tactical plan in order to come out on top.

  2. Claus Fischer, June 23, 2016 at 5:43 p.m.

    Perhaps this matchup will be a contest worth watching? One can hope. Argentina and Chile are rivals for many things as there is not always harmony between these bordering nations. Let's hope that Chile does not wish to allow (yet) Messi his first national team title -- and Argentina's first silverware since 1993. Hopefully Chile will want to show everyone that the opener for both sides in Santa Clara was not indicative of where they stand vis a vis Argentina. Hopefully the Chileans will want to underscore their triumph in Santiago one year ago. If both teams rise to the occasion and play hard but without the too often seen acrimonious overtones, this might be a contest to showcase what this sport ought to be.

  3. Claus Fischer, June 23, 2016 at 5:49 p.m.

    I only got to see highlights. Perhaps the long weather delay took out all the energy (for both sides?) for the remainder of the second half? The highlights dealt little with the long rain/lightning delay, only showing the large patches of water pooled on the field in places or where players looked to be splashing one another with running or contesting a ball in the final 35 minutes. Please share if you have better information on this: Did the weather stoppage take out the spectacle of what should have been a very well contested semifinal? Thank you.

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