Chile hit seven past Mexico as Argentina beat Venezuela

Chile hit seven past Mexico as Argentina beat Venezuela

Chile hit seven past Mexico as Argentina beat Venezuela

Forget Argentina, forget Lionel Messi. It is Chile that has produced the most comprehensive result so far at the Centennial Copa America. The tournament started off as a slow burner for La Roja, it is now scorching. Such was a ruthless performance, a show of no mercy, by the defending champions towards a Mexico side that had been deemed tournament favorites. It was simply devastating.

Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara. It should have seemed like a home affair for Mexico. It is Carlifornia, after all. At the end of the tie, El Tri had been battered and bruised, boiled and barbequed. A 7-0 defeat. This was a hazardous display from the Chileans, a capitulation by the North Americans. It will be really felt for years to come.

Juan Carlos Osorio watched in distress as his side was burning. There was nothing he could do. Once forward Edson Puch – who, ironically, has recently signed for Mexican side Nexaca – opened the scoring, Chile became the train called Unstoppable. An avalanche ensued.

It all started in the 16th minute. Puch took advantage of a rebound spilled by Mexican keeper Guillermo Ochoa to put the ball into the net. One minute before halftime, Eduardo Vargas began his four-goal haul, receiving a pass from Alexis Sanchez, before controlling the ball well and sending the ball past Ochoa.

If the first half was comfortable for Chile, the second one really did bamboozle the Mexicans. Four minutes after halftime, a one-two between Sanchez and Arturo Vidal resulted in the former extending his side’s result to make it three, and three minutes later, Sanchez turned provider for Vargas to bag his brace.

In the 52nd minute, another spill by Ochoa from left back Jean Beausejour’s pass, found the feet of Vargas, and the Hoffenheim striker made no mistake to make it 5-0 and a hatrick. 16 minutes from time, Vargas, again, was on the score sheet, smashing the ball, after a failed clearance, past a Mexican defense that was now quite distraught. And as the game neared to a close, Puch closed the proceedings with a lovely chip over Ochoa.

Elsewhere, at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, a first half brace from Gonzalo Higuain led Argentina to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Venezuela. Lionel Messi added a third on the hour mark, while Salomon Rondon reduced the deficit in the 70th minute, before Tottenham Hotspurs’ midfielder, Eric Lamela restored the advantage a minute later.

The semi-final match ups will see the United States play Argentina, while Colombia face Chile.

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