Eduardo Vargas inspired Chile’s stunning
rout of Mexico, whose 22-game unbeaten
streak came to an end on Saturday.
Eduardo Vargas scored four goals as
defending champion Chile embarrassed
Mexico 7-0 in a remarkable quarterfinal to
reach the final four of the Copa America
Disjointed and inconsistent heading into
Saturday’s blockbuster clash at Levi’s
Stadium, Chile was the complete opposite
as it dismantled Mexico, whose 22-game
unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end in
scenes similar to Brazil’s 7-1 demolition at
the hands of Germany at the 2014 World
All eyes were on Mexico amid its
impeccable run of form but El Tri failed to
perform in a dark day for Mexican football,
seemingly giving up in second half,
conceding three goals in the space of eight
minutes after Vargas and Edson Puch put
the Chileans in control at the interval.
Alexis Sanchez – who moved joint second
on the nation’s all-time goalscoring list
alongside Ivan Zamorano with his 34th
international strike – got in on the action
four minutes into the second half before
teammate Vargas completed his hat trick
and then some, making it six goals in two
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Puch added a second of his own late in the
game as Chile earned a semifinal
showdown with Colombia.
No less than six changes were made by
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio following
a 1-1 draw with Venezuela in the final
group game, with Guillermo Ochoa, Miguel
Layun, Nestor Araujo, Jesus Duenas, Jesus
Corona and Javier Hernandez coming in
for Jose Corona, Diego Reyes, Jorge Torres,
Jesus Molina, Javier Aquino and Oribe
Chile was far more settled after accounting
for Panama 4-2 in their Group D finale,
Puch replacing Mauricio Isla.
Playing an aggressive pressing game, the
Chileans almost broke the deadlock in the
10th minute, when Arturo Vidal played a
perfectly-weighed throughball to Puch, who
was thwarted by a last-ditch challenge from
Araujo as the ball deflected wide for a
But Puch was not to be denied his first
international goal six minutes later, with
the Mexico-based midfielder on hand to
tuck away the rebound after Ochoa’s
clearance fell to his feet.
Mexico gradually improved as the half
wore on but Chile proved to be a constant
threat on the counterattack.
Vargas scored in the 37th minute but his
strike was correctly ruled out for offside,
though the linesman could do nothing as
the in-form forward doubled Chile’s lead
on the stroke of halftime.
Alexis Sanchez played an inviting ball into
the six-yard box and Vargas nipped in front
of his opponent before firing beyond
Things went from bad to worse for Mexico
in the second half as Chile made it 4-0
inside 10 minutes.
After winning the ball, Vidal laid it into the
path of Sanchez for a simple finish in the
49th minute and Mexico was torn to shreds
as Vargas netted his second of the match
following a defensive error three minutes
Vargas was at it again approaching the
hour mark and he then fired the ball into
the roof of the net from an acute angle
with 16 minutes remaining as Mexico were
put well and truly to the sword, with the
Hoffenheim man taking his international
tally to 31 goals, fourth all-time for Chile.
And the man who started the onslaught,
Puch, finished it with his brace three
minutes from time.