The home side Chile made it to the finals of the Copa America with a 2-1 win over upstart Peru. The daily double by Vargas propelled the Chileans to the win. Chile is seeking their first Copa America crown.
O Dia- Depois de 28 anos, o Chile finalmente pode de novo disputar um título de Copa América. Apoiado pelos seus torcedores que compareceram ao Estádio Nacional de Santigado, os chilenos sofreram mais do que o esperado, mas derrotaram o Peru por 2 a 1 e estão na decisão da competição sul-americana. Na última vez que decidiu a competição, os chilenos foram derrotados pelo Uruguai, na competição de 1987, que foi disputada na Argentina.
O Chile jamais levantou o título da Copa América e vai enfrentar na decisão o vencedor de Argentina e Paraguai, que se encaram, nesta terça-feira em Concépcion. A final acontece no Estádio Nacional de Santiago, no sábado, às 17 horas. A decisão do terceiro lugar na sexta-feira, às 20h30, em Concépcion.
As coisas começaram a melhorar para o Peru a partir dos 20 minutos da primeira etapa. Zambrano dividiu de maneira dura, levantando o pé sobre Aránguiz e foi expulso. Com um a mais, os donos da casa passaram a finalmente criar mais que os rivais. Aos 28 minutos, Alexis Sánchez tocou para Valdívia, que bateu para fora, raspando o gol peruano.
O Chile só conseguiu marcar no fim da primeira etapa e com uma colaboração da arbitragem. Sánchez driblou Guerrero, que fazia a marcação pela direita, e cruzou para Aránguiz, a bola passou pelo jogador, tocou na trave e se ofereceu para Vargas, impedido, que colocou a bola no fundo das redes.
No começo da segunda etapa, a arbitragem compensou o erro a favor do Chile. Vargas recebeu passe de Vidal, em condição legal, e finalizou para o fundo das redes, mas a jogada foi anulada, porque o auxiliar enxergou um impedimento inexistente.
Mesmo com a vantagem numérica, o Peru seguia perigoso no duelo. Com jogada pela direita, Guerrero cruzou na medida para Farfán, mas o jogador não consegui finalizar, jogando fora uma grande oportunidade de gol. E foi na luta que os peruanos empataram o duelo. Advíncula avançou pela direita e cruzou, Mendel tentou evitar que a bola chegasse a Lobatón e colocou a bola contra o patrimônio.
Só que não deu nem tempo para o Peru comemorar o empate. Três minutos depois, Vargas percebeu que o goleiro Gallese estava mal posicionado e disparou um belo chute, no ângulo, fazendo o seu segundo gol no confronto e recolocando os donos da casa em vantagem.
Os últimos minutos continuaram bem abertos. O Peru seguiu lutando bastante e criando oportunidades de empatar. O Chile buscava o terceiro gol para matar o duelo. Ambas as seleções perderam muitas chances e o confronto terminou com vitória da ‘Roja’ para alegria dos torcedores em Santiago.
The Daily Mail- As if Chile and Peru needed something else to argue about.
Two nations once at war now bicker about the origin of a cocktail and the bicycle kick.
And referee Jose Argote’s decision to send off Carlos Zambrano here in Santiago will provide the fuel for many debates to come.
Eduardo Vargas may have won this semi-final with a strike straight from the top drawer but Zambrano’s dismissal changed its dynamic at a time when Peru were in the ascendency.
He was adjudged to have deliberately followed through with force on Charles Aranguiz and shown a straight red card having already been booked.
As it is, Chile are one win away from a maiden Copa America triumph despite their worst performance of the tournament while Peru must lick their wounds before Fridays’ third-place play-off.
And striker Paolo Guerrero said: ‘I don’t want to talk about referees anymore, it’s always something with them [Chile] at home, we have to recognise that.’
The animosity between the two countries dates back to the four-year War of the Pacific at the end of the nineteenth century.
Nowadays their disagreements are rather more tenuous.
One centres on the spirit Pisco, a brandy made from grapes which grow in both countries, and the main ingredient in the national drink of each nation. Both claim to be the home of the Pisco Sour cocktail. And both claim to have invented the bicycle kick.
Chile boss Jose Sampaoli opted to replace the banned Gonzalo Jara with Jose Rojas while Miiko Albornoz was drafted in for Eugenio Mena.
Peru’s midfield duo Carlos Lobaton and Josepmir Ballon were recalled after serving suspensions with Yoshimar Yotun and Edwin Retamoso dropping to the bench. Claudio Pizarro was also left out with Andre Carrillo taking his place.
And it didn’t take long for old rivalries to be renewed.
Vargas was played in by Arturo Vidal but his shot was diverted behind for a corner before the Juventus midfielder was lucky to get away with putting his and to Carlos Zambrano’s face following a touchline tussle.
Zambrano had to wait just three minutes to be booked however after he sent Sanchez tumbling to the turf on the right wing.
Peru’s pace had caused Bolivia no end of trouble in their quarter-final and their dangerous front three began to spread their wings here.
Guerrero found space on the left wing and picked out Jefferson Farfan in the middle but the Schalke forward’s header came back off the upright.
Albornoz in particular was struggling at left-back while on the opposite wing, Guerrero got the better of Jose Rojas before teeing up Lobaton who could only find the side netting.
But Peru’s momentum was halted when Zambrano was shown a straight red card. Having cleared the ball from defence, his studs caught Aranguiz who collapsed to the ground holding his back.
Buoyed by their man-advantage, Chile pressed on with Jorge Valdivia attempting to lift the ball over the stranded Pedro Gallese but succeeded only in clearing the bar.
Peru boss Ricardo Gareca shored up his defence by bringing on Christian Ramos for Christian Cueva before Valdivia came within inches of curling his side ahead. And only a brilliant block from Luis Advincula kept Peru level after the right-back threw himself at Vargas’ effort from the edge of the six-yard box.
But the former Queens Park Rangers forward did break the deadlock three minutes before the break. Sanchez’s ball into the box was missed by Aranguiz but after it came off the post, Vargas reacted quickest to scramble it home.
But despite leading at the break, it was Chile who made a double switch for the second half with the struggling Albornoz replaced by Eugenio Mena while Marcelo Diaz made way for David Pizarro.
And after Vargas had a volleyed effort ruled out for offside, Peru began to control possession.
Farfan had wasted two good opportunities in front of goal before Gary Medel inadvertently turned Advincula’s cross into his own net on the hour mark.
Peru’s parity lasted just four minutes however as Vargas swerved a brilliant shot over the head of the stranded Gallese.
With nothing to lose, Claudio Pizarro was thrown on for the final 15 minutes and tested Claudio Bravo almost instantly with a near-post header.
Both Sanchez and Vidal came close to adding a third but neither could find the target with blistering efforts.
Chile had never looked comfortable despite their numerical advantage and few would have argued had Pizarro headed in a deserved equaliser with five minutes remaining.
But the hosts hung on until the final whistle to set up a clash with either Argentina or Paraguay on Saturday.