In one of the most lop-sided games ever seen in the Copa America, Chile annihilated Mexico by 7-0 to cruise into the semi-finals and set up a date with Colombia. Eduardo Vargas bagged four, whereas Edson Puch netted a brace. Alexis Sanchez got one as well, as the defending champions ran riot in Santa Clara.
El Tricolor, who were the real favourites here, were horribly exposed at the back as Chile pounced on them like a pack of wolves devouring a docile deer. Edson Puch and Eduardo Vargas had put the holders 2-0 up at the break but added more gloss to the scoreline in the second half in a stunning attacking display of football from the Reds.
Whilst it was joy and gay for Juan Antonio Pizzi and his side, Mexico were left with a lot of introspection to do ahead of their World Cup qualifiers. Here are some of the major talking points from the 4th quarter-final in California.
#1 Chile back to their rip-roaring best
Defending champions Chile had a stop-start title defense so far in the competition, but were well and truly back to their optimal best as they made mincemeat of Mexico.
Right from the off, La Roja were in cruise control of the game and once they found a breakthrough, there was no looking back. Arturo Vidal, Eduardo Vargas, Alexis Sanchez all combined well to make a mockery of the Mexican defense and gave the scoreboard a scarcely believable tally.
Chile had their doubts when they were beaten by Argentina in the opening game and ousted Venezuela by only a hair’s breadth. The 4-2 victory over Bolivia in the final group game although quelled the scepticisms a little, it’s their quarter-final performance that has given them a renewed hope in the competition.
Onwards and upwards.