Charles Aranguiz and Jose Pedro Feunzalida scored in the principal half and shielding champion Chile came back to the Copa America title with a spongy 2-0 triumph over Colombia on Wednesday night.
Driven by Claudio Bravo’s stellar exertion in goal, Chile earned its fourth straight win subsequent to a 2-1 misfortune to best positioned Argentina in their Group D opener. Next up is a rematch with La Albiceleste in the last Sunday night in New Jersey.
Chile likewise confronted Lionel Messi and Argentina in a year ago’s title, with La Roja winning 4-1 in a punishment shootout after a 0-0 additional time draw. Argentina was the last nation to repeat as Copa champions in back to back years, finishing the accomplishment in 1946 and 1947.
James Rodriguez and Colombia got off to a moderate begin and their push for a rebound was hampered by a solid line of storms that deferred the begin of the second half by over two hours, dousing the playing surface and making it hard to keep pointed feet at Soldier Field, home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears.
Colombia, which will confront the United States in the third-put game on Saturday night in Arizona, likewise needed to play with 10 men after Carlos Sanchez got his second yellow card in the 57th moment.
Rodriguez got open for a low, hard shot in the second a large portion of that Bravo thumped down before jumping on the ball before Colombia could get to it. Rodriguez beat the wet turf in disappointment after the play.
Chile played without Arturo Vidal after the gifted midfielder was suspended for a brief moment yellow card, and guarded midfielder Marcelo Diaz was sidelined by damage. The shielding champions lost another midfielder in the principal half when Pedro Pablo Hernandez was not able keep taking after a crash close midfield.
The recognizable enemies touched base at the last four of South America’s title falling off uncontrollably diverse exhibitions in the quarterfinals. While Colombia required extra shots to take out Peru after a 0-0 tie Friday night, Chile thundered into the elimination rounds with a 7-0 triumph over Mexico that included five second-half goals.
Every nation got right where it cleared out off.
Colombia coach Jose Nestor Pekerman spoke Tuesday about his team’s powerlessness to complete, and the same issue showed up again in the nation’s first appearance in the Copa elimination rounds subsequent to 2004. Roger Martinez’s drive was ceased by a jumping Bravo halfway through the principal half, and Bravo denied Sanchez with another lurching stop just before halftime. Rodriguez additionally shot wide on another prime open door.
In the interim, Chile immediately bounced out to a 2-0 lead, exploiting a Colombia slip-up and benefitting as much as possible from another sharp play from Alexis Sanchez in his 100th appearance for the nation.
Minutes after the genius Colombia horde of 55,423 shrieked and scoffed while Chile passed the ball around its own particular end, a cross by Fuenzalida was coincidentally headed over into the center by Colombia midfielder Juan Cuadrado. Aranguiz rushed to the center and volleyed it right by goaltender David Ospina for his first goal of the tournament in the seventh moment.
At that point Alexis Sanchez slice inside to get open for a shot that bobbed off within Ospina’s correct post and moved toward the center. With Ospina still on the other side in the wake of striving for a plunging stop, Fuenzalida was in solitude for the simple tap-in 10:44 into the game.