Argentina and Chile hammered their opponents and advanced to the semifinals

(June 18th, 2016) Argentina and Chile won their respective clashes and are now among the Copa America Centenario’s best four teams. Martino’s team outclassed Venezuela 4-1 while Pizzi’s squad thrashed Mexico in a historic 7-0. They will now face the United States and Colombia, respectively.

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Copa America Centenario’s third semifinalist was determined at Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium. Argentina, with a highly effective performance, beat Venezuela with a 4-1 win, with Lionel Messi as part of the starting line-up for the first time.

It was Argentina’s number 10 who, just eight minutes in, assisted on Argentina’s first goal with a long pass to Gonzalo Higuaín, who took the ball on a short hop and booted it in. In the 27th minute, Pipita picked up a bad back pass of the Vinotinto defense and scored again, giving Gerardo Martino’s team a comfortable lead: Figueira’s bad back pass went straight to Napoli’s number 9 in space, who calmly sidestepped goalkeeper Hernández and slotted into an empty net.

During the second half, Argentina slowed down a bit, allowing the Vinotinto to take more of the field. However, in an outstanding team play with Gaitán, Messi made it 3-0, bagging the 54th goal of his international career, tying Gabriel Batistuta’s all-time record for the Argentine national team.

Besides Higuaín and Messi, Sergio Romero performed spectacularly, denying Rondon’s two clear goal chances and to cap a great night, stopped Luis Seijas’ penalty kick, who had tried to chip the ball right down the middle.

Twenty minutes before the end of the match, SalomónRondón finally pulled a goal back for Dudamel’s team, but Erik Lamela quickly restored the 4-1 lead, aided by Venezuela’s goalkeeper. Martino’s squad will now face the United States next Tuesday, dreaming of a new final.

The last semifinalist stemmed from the match at Levi's Stadium between two teams that were among the tournament’s favorites: Mexico, thanks to its superb current performance, and Chile, the defending champions. And the result is a historic defeat.

Juan Antonio Pizzi’s team showed an excellent football talent and cruised by Mexico in a historic 7-0, with Eduardo Vargas’ stunning performance, scoring four goals. Edson Puch scored a brace and Alexis Sánchez, the remaining goal.

In the 16th minute, Puch scored the opener, and before the end of the first half, Vargas scored number two. During the second half, the Roja pressed on and went on scoring, showing their superior talent and attacking flair.

With this result, Chile snapped Mexico’s 22-game winning streak, booked a spot in the semifinals and will now meet Colombia next Wednesday the 22nd of June at Soldier Field stadium.

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