Copa America 2016: Colombia 0-2 Chile - 5 Talking Points
Chile edged one step closer to their title defense as they beat Colombia 2-0 in the second semi-final to set up a date with Argentina in Monday’s final. Charles Aranguiz and Jose Fuenzalida did the damage early in the first-half that eventually proved enough to seal a second successive Copa America final.
Los Cafeteros were punished for some slack defending when Aranguiz latched on to a poor header from Juan Cuadrado back to David Ospina to open the scorings in the 7th minute, whereas La Roja doubled the advantage just 4 minutes later when Fuenzalida poked home a rebound after Alexis Sanchez hit the post initially.
The holders held a healthy 2-0 lead at the break, before bad weather conditions halted the football game for over 2 and a half hours. Once the game resumed, Colombia recommenced their attempts to get back into the game, but poor pitch conditions did not favour their cause and they failed to get anything from the game.
Chile sustained a prolonged Colombian pressure to protect their lead and set up a rematch of the 2015 final with the Argentinians. Here are the five major talking points from the game.
#1 The second-half would have been better off on Friday
For the opening 45 minutes, the second semi-final of Copa America Centenario sailed smoothly with Chile dominating the match and racing to a 2-0 lead. The second-half was going to be an interesting affair as Colombia were plotting a comeback, but stormy rains lashed the city of New Jersey to disrupt the game.
Turbulent weather conditions meant the match halted for over 150 minutes rather than the usual 15 minutes before the second stanza could be resumed and once it did, it lacked the flair of the first.
With the pitch completely waterlogged and slippery, the teams had a hard time playing the game as the ball couldn’t bounce properly and players were unable to run. It was a huge mistake to carry the match forward despite the rains settling down as the intensity of the match petered out largely.
It would’ve been wise to abandon the match and resume it a day later.