Chile to Host Argentina in COPA America Final

By Brian Harry    01-Jul-2015 22:47 UTC+02:00

acn_copa_america-300x173After a 6-1 win over Paraguay, Argentina are going to face Chile in the 2015 COPA America final to be played in Chile after Chile beat Peru 2-1 in a controversial game over a referee’s decision. The controversial decision came when Carlos Zambrano was harshly yellow carded in the 7th minute for a high challenge. In the 42nd minute Vargas scored the opener while in an offside position from a cross from teammate Alexis Sanchez. In the 60th minute Peru equalised through a defensive error but their cheers lasted only four minutes when Vargas scored his 2nd goal, proved to be the winner.

Meanwhile the Argentinians crushed Paraguay 6-1 thanks to a Brilliant Lionel Messi, who unfortunately could not get his name on the score sheet. They scored early in the 15th minute through Rojo, then doubled their lead through Pastore, both assisted by Messi. Paraguay hit back with a goal of their own from substitute Lucas Barrios, who replaced Roque Santa Cruz, who along with Derliz Gonzalez limped off the pitch due to injuries. Early into the second half Pastore assisted Di Maria for a third, who six minutes later got his second from a rebound. In the 80th minute Di Maria assisted Aguero to make it 5-1 before Higuan made it 6-1 straight from the bench.

Argentina will play Chile in the final, who have not yet won the COPA America. Argentina have won it a record fourteen times, one short of the current holders Uruguay, who have won it 15 times. However, take nothing away from Chile, who have powerhouse midfielder Alexis Sanchez and current top goal scorer of the tournament Eduardo Vargas who has four goals to his name.

Chile, having beaten the defending champions Uruguay in the quarterfinals, will walk into the final with hope that they can win it for the first time against a team with the best players in the world, including Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero to name a few. The final will be played on the 4th of July 2015 at Esatadio Nacional, Santiago. Kick off is at 17:00 (UTC-03:00).

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