COPA REMATCH Chile sets up Centenario final with Argentina
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Chile scored two early goals, then weathered a nearly three-hour rain delay in taking a 2-0 win over Colombia in a Copa America Centenario semifinal match at Soldier Field Wednesday night.
The defending champion Chileans set up a rematch of last year’s final against Argentina at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday.
Charles Aranguiz (seventh minute) and Jose Fuenzalida (11th) converted as Chile won its fourth successive match in the tournament after dropping a 2-1 decision to Argentina in its opener.
The game, which started just after 8 p.m. ET, resumed at 11:30 p.m., grounds crews working to keep the field playable after a heavy rainstorm.
Colombia attempted to rally, adding Marlos Moreno as a second-half substitution for Edwin Cardona. But the Colombians lost Carlos Sanchez to a second caution in the 57th minute and struggled to produce offensive threats.
Aranguiz scored from point-blank range, the sequence starting as Fuenzalida broke down the right. Funzalida’s cross to the back post was headed back by Sanchez, dropping to Aranguiz.
Fuenzalida then converted into an open net after an Alexis Sanchez shot went past a diving David Ospina, deflecting off the inside of the left post and skimming across the goalline. Claudio Bravo started the sequence with a long clearance, Sanchez controlling and firing from the left side of the penalty area.