Bravo against Peru / CONMEBOL.COM

Claudio Bravo will have the chance to add a fourth trophy to his personal collection for the season thanks to Chile's 2-1 win over Peru. The Barça keeper could claim the Copa América title with his country and add it to the historic treble of league, Champions League and Cup claimed in his first season as a blaugrana. Two goals from Eduardo Vargas, either side of an equaliser courtesy of an own goal from Gary Medel, gave the hosts victory over a Peru side who had to play 70 minutes with 10 men after a first half red card for defender Zambrano. Chile are now in the final for the first time since 1987 where they await the winners of the other semi-final between Argentina and Paraguay.

Red card turning point

Peru, attempting to go one better this time around after losing to Uruguay in this stage of the competition four years ago in Argentina, were on top in the first quarter of an hour and came closest to opening the scoring early on when Farfán's header came back off the post after just nine minutes of the contest. However, Ricardo Gareca's side suffered a serious setback on 20 minutes when defender Zambrano was given his marching orders for following through and catching Aránguiz in the back with his studs. Chile breathed a sigh of relief and worked their way back into the game. Three minutes before half time, Vargas, who had already missed a good chance to give his team the lead, did put Chile 1-0. A cross from the left by Alexis avoided everyone and cannoned back off the post and Vargas was on hand to scramble the ball over the line.

Hope for Peru

Following the restart Peru continued to hold their own and believe in their abilities to turn the game around. Farfán had a good header saved by Bravo before on the hour mark Gareca's side finally pulled themselves level. A great run from Advincula ended with his cross being diverted past his own goalkeeper by Medel, under pressure from striker Carrillo. Peru's joy was short lived, however. Vargas picked the ball up on the edge of the box and swerved an unstoppable shot past keeper Gallese for his fourth goal of the tournament. Chile had chances to kill the game off through Vidal, Alexis and Valdivia but they were not taken. Peru threw themselves forward in search of an equaliser but the effort of playing so long with a man less began to tell in the final minutes and it was the host nation who celebrated at the final whistle as their quest to win the competition for the very first time is still alive.

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