Chile beat Colombia to advance into Copa America final

Chile beat Colombia to advance into Copa America final

At the end, even the raging Chicago storms that had threatened a postponement of the semifinal affair between Chile and Colombia could not stop the spectacle. The Chileans joined Argentina in a repeat of last year’s final with two early quick fire goals at the Soldier Field Stadium in Chicago, Illinois.

2-0, the game ended, as Charles Aranguiz and Jose Pedro Fuenzalida ensured La Roja took the spoils against a stubborn and determined Colombia side that had to settle for a third place playoff battle against the hosts, the United States, on Sunday morning, Kenyan time.

It all began in the seventh minute. Colombian Juan Cuadrado’s attempted header towards his goalkeeper, from a Fuenzalida cross, was intercepted by Aranguiz, who found himself with only the keeper to beat and he duly obliged.

Four minutes later, Alexis Sanchez’s powerful shot came off the bottom of the upright, having beaten Colombian keeper, David Ospina, and found Fuenzalida with the forward slotting the ball into an empty net. Chile could have added a third on the quarter hour mark, but Sanchez could only see his shot deflected by Ospina off the goal post.

The defending champions had to call upon keeper Claudio Bravo in an attempt to stop a Colombian onslaught, including a fantastic Carlos Sanchez shot on target, as the latter seemed quite close in reducing the deficit with the game soldiering towards the halftime whistle.

The second half started approximately two and a half hours after the halftime whistle, as a result of storms and lightning that were about to wreck havoc to the conclusion of the game. The fans had to be advised to seek shelter as the match officials and organizers contemplated on the fate of the remaining half.

Once the game resumed, Colombia found itself in a murky situation in the 57th minute after Sanchez was sent off for a second bookable offence. That meant Los Cafeteros had a mountain to climb in order to salvage anything from the game. That said, both sides did not scuttle the attacking flair of the game, but at the end of it all, it is Chile who have the chance of stopping Argentina from winning its first major title in 23 years.

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