Chile, in emphatic fashion, is moving on to the Copa America semifinals.
Eduardo Vargas scored four goals, and La Roja scored five in the second half to defeat Mexico 7-0 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Saturday.
Inside the San Francisco 49ers’ stadium, Chile put on a beatdown that could have been an NFL score. That opened the door for multiple American football references from CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, The Cauldron’s Andy Glockner and NBC Sports’ Raphielle Johnson:
Chile struck first in the 16th minute with a goal by Edson Puch. Once that right-footed shot landed in the back of the net, the avalanche began.
That avalanche came in the form of Vargas.
The 26-year-old Chilean star scored his first goal in the 44th minute to give Chile some breathing room, as Univision Deportes showed:Four minutes into the second half, Mexico still had no response for Chile. Alexis Sanchez fired the ball past three Mexican defenders and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to give Chile a three-score lead, via Univision Deportes:
Then it became the Vargas show. He followed Sanchez’s right-footed goal with another one, this time on a breakaway opportunity, to give his team a 4-0 lead. Five minutes later, he drilled home another goal off a deflection from Ochoa, as Univision Deportes illustrated:
Puch’s second goal of the match capped off the dominant victory for Chile, which will move on to face Colombia in the semifinals Wednesday at Soldier Field in Chicago.