June 18, 2016
DRAWN AND QUARTERED
Chile demolish El Tri 7-0
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Eduardo Vargas scored four goals and had a fifth called back as Chile roared into the Copa America Centenario semifinals with a 7-0 win over Mexico Saturday at sold-out Levi's Stadium.
El Tri managed only one shot on goal on the way to their first loss under head coach Juan Carlos Osorio and snapped a 22-game unbeaten streak.
Chile will face Colombia in the tournament semifinals on Wednesday, June 22 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Edson Puch, who finished with two goals, opened the scoring in the 16th minute, slipping the rebound inside the left post after a long shot by Marcelo Diaz was blocked by netminder Guillermo Ochoa.
Vargas made the score 2-0 in the 44th minute, five minutes after having a short-range strike called back for offside, off a slick cutback pass by Alexis Sanchez from near the left endline. But the floodgates didn't really open until after the intermission.
Sanchez turned a midfield turnover into Chile's third goal in the 49th minute, and Vargas connected for his second of the game three minutes later, after a strong solo run into the box.
Vargas completed a hat trick in the 57th minute, roofing a ten-yard shot after shellshocked netminder Guillermo Ochoa failed to control another pass back from the left endline. He netted a fourth in the 74th minute, taking advantage of confusion in the goalmouth. Yet again, Chile penetrated deep on the left side. The ball was chipped over Ochoa for Puch at the far post. The ball bounced off defender iguel Layun and to the lurking Vargas who slammed home a short shot.
Puch closed things out in the 87th minute, after a slashing run in through the defense by Sanchez. Sanchez passed the ball back to Vidal, who found Puch from inside the arc.
Vidal received his second yellow card of the tournament in the 39th minute, and will miss the semifinal match.
In comments after the game, Osorio called Mexico's performance "a disgrace," and players including Miguel Layun and Javier Hernandez took to Twitter to apologize to their fans.