Copa America 2016: Matchday 8 - 5 talking points
Chile's controversial penalty, Messi's hat-trick and more points to discuss from matchday 8 in the 2016 Copa America.
The Copa America Centenario produced a few headline-grabbing incidents in both fixtures on matchday 8. In the day’s first game between Chile and Bolivia, the holders edged out the minnows by a late, late penalty in very controversial circumstances, whereas Argentina hit Panama for five in which Lionel Messi bagged a hat-trick, leaving the onlookers absolutely berserk.
Without any further ado, let’s get to the bottom of these as well as some other talking points produced in the competition on Saturday.
1) Chile stutter again
Following the facile defeat to Argentina in the opening game, Chile pulled another stinker in their second outing. Having struggled to create clear-cut chances in the first half, La Roja found the breakthrough early in the second half, but Bolivia struck back with an equaliser.
Staring down a stalemate and a possibility of a group stage exit, Chile huffed and puffed in search of the winner and Arturo Vidal saved their bacon when he converted from the spot in the 100th minute, causing an uproar amongst the Bolivians for the referee's controversial decision.
The reigning champions survived an embarrassment by the skin of their teeth, but it does little to hide their travails. Chile aren’t the same force that they were reckoned with at this time last year and need to get their act together before it’s too late.