Chile needed 11 minutes of offensive brilliance and strong defense the rest of the way to notch a 2-0 victory over Colombia in Wednesday’s Copa America semifinals match in Chicago’s rain-soaked Soldier Field.
Chile carried over its offensive momentum from a 7-0 quarterfinals victory over Mexico and scored each of its two goals in the first 11 minutes. Charles Aranguiz and Jose Fuenzalida found the net for Chile, while goalkeeper Claudio Bravo repeatedly turned away Colombia’s advances to secure a spot in Sunday’s championship match against Argentina in a rematch of last year’s final:
Despite the Chile win, Colombia registered a 16-9 advantage in shots and only trailed in the possession percentages 53-47, per ESPN FC. It was fitting that the possession was so tight considering Colombia is No. 3 and Chile is a close No. 5 in the official FIFA rankings.
Chile may have been the lower-ranked side, but it jumped out to a quick lead when Aranguiz buried the game’s opening goal in the seventh minute. Chile pushed it up the right side and centered the ball, and the Colombia defense was unable to clear it. An ill-placed header gave Aranguiz a wide-open look right in front of the net, and he took full advantage.
Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com said Colombia goalkeeper “David Ospina has to take that” on the header by his own defender, and Fox Soccer shared the goal: