Chile kept its Copa America title defence alive with a penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the quarterfinals on Friday.
In what was a largely scrappy and tight encounter, two-time defending champion Chile was held to a 0-0 draw at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. Chile twice thought it had found a breakthrough, but strikes from Charles Aranguiz and Arturo Vidal were ruled out after VAR reviews.
But it delivered in the penalty shoot-out, Alexis Sanchez converting the winner to seal a 5-4 success after William Tesillo missed for Colombia.
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Chile edged the first half and Aranguiz forced a superb save from Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina with a 12th-minute header, although the VAR would likely have ruled out the effort for offside if it had gone in.
Aranguiz thought he had given his side the lead just four minutes later.
Sanchez played in Jean Beausejour down the left and Ospina, along with Davinson Sanchez, made a mess of the cross, with Aranguiz netting from an angle. However, the goal was ruled out after a VAR review, with replays showing Sanchez was narrowly offside down the left.
The first half lacked any real rhythm, with Guillermo Maripan heading a Beausejour cross over 10 minutes before the break and Vidal curling a Sanchez pass just wide moments later.
The battle continued after the break, with efforts from distance or set-pieces appearing the most likely avenues to a goal for both teams. The VAR was again involved after Chile thought it had its opener through Vidal in the 71st minute.
Vidal finished clinically from inside the area, but the goal was ruled out after Sanchez's volley hit the arm of Maripan in the build-up. That was the last of the opportunities through 90 minutes before Chile was too good in the shoot-out.
Vidal, Eduardo Vargas, Erick Pulgar and Aranguiz produced fine spot-kicks before Tesillo fired wide, Sanchez stepping up to put away the winner.
What does it mean? Chile edges through
Chile is still on track for a remarkable third straight Copa America title. It was the better team for longer periods against Colombia and deserved its win.
Chile continues Colombia dominance
Colombia just cannot get past Chile. For the fourth time in Copa America knockout games, Chile beat Colombia, while it is undefeated in its eight clashes at neutral venues.
Not capitalising on Sao Paulo traffic
Both teams reportedly arrived later than expected at the ground due to traffic in Sao Paulo, but Chile particularly so, leading to kick-off being delayed. Perhaps because of that, Colombia looked dangerous in the opening 20 minutes without taking advantage and Chile settled into the contest from there.
Key Opta Facts:
- Chile has lost only two of its past 16 games played across the previous three Copa America tournaments.
- Colombia kept a clean sheet for the fifth straight Copa America game — its second longest run in the competition.
- Chile has won its past three penalty shoot-outs at the Copa America.
- There were only three shots on target, the second least in a knockout game at the past four Copa America tournaments.
- Vargas completed only four passes in 90 minutes against Colombia.
Chile will face either Uruguay or Peru in a semifinal in Porto Alegre on Wednesday, while Colombia looks ahead to friendlies with Brazil and Venezuela in September.
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