Chile beat Colombia and again gears up for the final
(June 22nd, 2016) La Roja took on firmly Pekerman’s team and earned a 2-0 win in the semifinal match, with goals scored by Aránguiz and Fuenzalida. Chile has now moved on to a repeat of last year’s final against Argentina.
The Roja were off to a great start at Chicago’s Soldier Field stadium: in the 7th minute, ChárlesAránguiz took advantage of Cuadrado’s misdirected header, making it 1-0 and four minutes later, José Fuenzalida beat Ospina, to double the lead.
Chile’s control began to fade as minutes went by; it slowed down the game pace and allowed Colombia to move into the field, aiming at an equalizer. Pekerman’s team managed to worry Claudio Bravo, but he turned out to be the star of the first half, blocking key shots on goal to keep the score scoreless until the end of the first half.
Due to climate reasons, the game was halted for more than one hour after the end of the first forty-five minutes; when rain stopped, excess water was cleared from the field and ball was sent rolling again at Soldier Field.
When the second half was resumed, the Colombian team attacked relentlessly in an effort to get the tie, but their job became even harder when, in the 12th minute, Carlos Sánchez was sent off after collecting a second yellow. From then onwards, Chile regained control of the game, with no surprises until the end of the match, snatching their spot in the Copa America Centenario’s final.
This Saturday Colombia will face the United States for the third place, after having beaten them 2-0 in group stage. The match will take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Chile, the defending champion, will play a final rematch against Argentina, to whom it fell 2-1 in the opening match. The result will decide the long-awaited Copa America Centenario champion, as it happened in last year’s edition in Chile. The final showdown will be held at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. Who will win this time?