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Chile beat Colombia to enter Copa America fil

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 Jun 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Chicago, June 23: Riding on a couple of first half goals, defending champions Chile strode into the fils of the Copa America Centerio football tourment defeating a 10-man Colombia 2-0 in the semis at the Soldier Field Stadium here.

Charles Aranguiz (7th minute) and Jose Fuenzalida (11th) struck in the early stages on Thursday to take Chile into the fil for the second time in a row.

The defending champions will battle Argenti for the title in a repeat of last year’s fil. Chile pipped Argenti via pelty shootout in the fil of the 2015 edition and the ‘Albcieste’ will be hungry for revenge this year.

Argenti thrashed hosts US in the other semi-fil on Wednesday. Colombia will take on US in the play-off for third place.

The stadium was hit by a severe storm during the half-time break and the start of the second half was delayed for over two hours due to the threat of lightning.

Earlier, Chile decimated Mexico 7-0 in the quarter-fils and they carried that devastating form into the last-four stage.

The defending champions packed the midfield with five players which allowed them to domite the attacking third and were extremely fast on the counter which caught the Colombian defence off guard time and again.

The Colombian forwardline, on the other hand, were off-colour and did not look too threatening, specially in the second half.

Chile enjoyed a dream start when Pedro Fuenzalida picked up a loose ball and made a run down the right before cutting in and whipping in a cross into the Colombian pelty box. Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado’s attempted clearance went awry, allowing Aranguiz to place the ball ino the net from close range.

Chile doubled their lead soon after when star striker Alexis Sanchez received a long goal kick and deftly out-foxed a defender on the edge of the pelty area before firing in a shot at the near post. The rebound fell kindly for an unmarked Fuenzalida who made no mistake. Colombia never recovered from there.

After the second half was delayed by severe thundershowers, both sets of players struggled to adjust to the wet outfield. Things turned from bad to worse for Colombia in the 57th minute when Carlos Sanchez was sent off after receiving a second yellow card. That knocked the winds out of Colombia’s sails and Chile held on for a well deserved victory. IANS

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