Copa America: Chile Sink Colombia To Set Up Argentina Final
Defending champions Chile have the chance to claim back-to-back Copa America titles after gliding past 10-man Colombia 2-0 in the other semifinal on Thursday morning.
Early goals from Charles Aranguiz and Jose Fuenzalida in Chicago’s Soldier Field helped La Roja set up a repeat of last year’s final on home soil when they take on 14-time champions Argentina.
Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado misdirected a defensive header down the path of Aranguiz, who had the simple task of slotting it past David Ospina, before Fuenzalida tapped it home from close range after an Alexis Sanchez strike came off the post.
The second half was delayed for over two hours following severe storms and the threat of lightning, but the skies finally cleared and action resumed, although the very wet pitch made conditions difficult for the players.
Colombia’s efforts at a fight back were scuppered when defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez was given his marching orders after receiving a second yellow card in the 57th minute.
Chile, who hammered Mexico 7-0 in the quarterfinals, held on to the win to seal a spot in the final of the centenary tournament where they take on the imperious Argentina.