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Chile celebrate against Bolivia / CA2015.COM

Claudio Bravo and Chile march into the quarter-finals of the Copa América still unbeaten following an emphatic 5-0 victory over Bolivia in Group A. Both teams were already through to the last eight of the competition prior to the game due to Ecuador's 2-1 victory over Mexico earlier in the day. Goals from Aránguiz and ex-blaugrana Alexis Sánchez in the first half and another from Aránguiz and then Medel in the second mean the tournament's hosts top their group and will now face one of the third placed  sides from either Group B or Group C in a quarter-final that will be played in Santiago on Wednesday 24 June at 8.30pm (local time).

Early lead for the hosts

The opening half could not have begun in better fashion for the hosts, Aránguiz firing them in front with a precise finish from the edge of the box after the ball had been pulled down by striker Vargas. The knowledge that they were already into the knockout stages before kick-off perhaps explained Bolivia's passive approach in the opening 45 minutes. Former Barça man Alexis Sánchez was by far the biggest threat for Chile, striking the post from a free kick not just once but on two separate occasions. The striker finally received his reward in the 37th minute. Sánchez stole the ball inside the Bolivia half to begin the move that ended with him making it 2-0 courtesy of a text book diving header from Valdivia's cross. Chile could have made it 3-0 at half time had Vargas not dragged his shot just wide with four minutes of the half remaining.

Impressive Chile performance

Barça keeper Bravo was not called upon to make a serious save until four minutes into the second half. Martins broke free on the left and produced a shot on target that was smartly saved by the Chilean captain low to his left. If there were any doubts about the destination of all three points, they were dispelled on 66 minutes.  Another flowing move from Sampaoli's team saw Aránguiz keep his head at the far post to slide the ball past Bolivia keeper Quiñónez following a penetrating cross from Henrique on the right. The final goal of the win came courtesy of a unfortunate deflected own goal from Bolivia captain Raldés. However, it was Gary Medel's fourth that exemplified Chile's impressive performance, the midfielder coming up with a delicate volley inside the penalty area to send the hosts into the last eight in confident mood.

Argentina through without kicking a ball

Ecuador's victory over Mexico, aside from meaning both Chile and Bolivia were through to the last eight before their meeting in Group A, also meant that both Argentina and Paraguay are also through to the quarter-finals from Group B. Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano will be in action for Argentina on Saturday against Jamaica in Viña del Mar (8.30pm local time) in their final fixture of the group phase.

MATCH DETAILS

Chile: Bravo, Isla, Medel, Jara (m.70, Pizarro), Beausejour, Aránguiz, Díaz, Vidal (m.45, Henriquez), Valdivia, Vargas, Sánchez (m.45, Fernández)

Bolivia: Quiñónez, Rodríguez (m.45 Bejarano), Pedriel, Chumacero, Raldés, Veizaga (m.45, Miranda) Morales, Smedberg, Coimbra, Escobar (m.61,Lizio), Martins

Goals: Aránguiz (3'), Alexis Sánchez (37'),Aránguiz (66'), Medel (79'), Raldes (o.g. 86')


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