Chile defeats Colombia in penalties and reaches the semi-final


Chile continue their search for a three-time CONMEBOL Copa América championship after beating Colombia 5-4 on penalties in the quarter-finals on Friday after drawing without goals in regular time in Sao Paulo.

Both teams showed their fighting spirit during the ninety minutes, when the two-time champions came closest to opening the scoring from counter-attacks and arrivals on the sidelines.

The 0-0 lead the semifinals to penalties.

The Chileans made perfect marks by penalties, with goals from Arturo Vidal, Eduardo Vargas, Erick Pulgar, Charles Aránguiz and Alexis Sánchez.

William Tesillo missed the last shot for Colombia after James Rodriguez, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Edwin Cardona and Yerry Mina had scored.

Chile will continue defending their title in the semi-finals against the winner of the match between Uruguay and Peru on Saturday.

Colombia, who will go home without conceding a goal, could not defeat the historic paternity of the Chileans in the competition, whom they have not won since 2011 and have never won in direct eliminatory matches.

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·         Chile and Colombia drew for the third time in their 12 Copa América matches, the previous ones in 1949 and 1991 (7 wins for Chile and 2 for Colombia).

·         Chile has lost only two of its 16 Copa América matches between the 2015, 2016 and 2019 editions (10V 4E): 1-2 vs. Argentina in 2016 and 0-1 vs. Uruguay in 2019.

·         Colombia maintained its undefeated record in its last five CONMEBOL Copa América matches, its second-largest streak in history (8 matches between 2001 and 2004).

·         Chile has qualified for the semi-finals for the third consecutive time (2015, 2016 and 2019); it had only done so once with the current format since 1993 (1999).

·         Chile overcame Colombia on four occasions in the direct elimination of the Copa América, twice in the quarterfinals (1999, 2019) and twice in the semi-finals (1987, 2016).

·         Chile played its fourth penalty shoot-out in the Copa América, winning the most recent three (the 2015 and 2016 finals vs. Argentina) – lost in 1999 to Uruguay.

·         There were only three successful shots on goal in the Colombia-Chile match (one from Colombia, two from Chile); it’s the second lowest amount in a direct elimination match in the last four editions of the Copa América.

·         The match against Colombia is the 20th of Gary Medel and Alexis Sanchez in Copa America, equaling Claudio Bravo in second place among Chile’s players with the most matches in the history of this tournament (34, Sergio Livingstone).

·         Juan Guillermo Cuadrado was fouled seven times and he created six, in the draw against Chile; no player has participated in so many fouls (13) in a match of the last four Copa América editions (excluding extended matches).

·         Chilean Eduardo Vargas completed only four passes in the match against Colombia; three of them to Alexis Sanchez (one to Erick Pulgar in the kick-off).