Copa America Day 4: Chile, Mexico in six goal thriller, Bolivia progress

first_imgArturo Vidal and Matias Vuoso both scored twice as host Chile drew 3-3 with Mexico in the Copa America.The draw sees hosts Chile lead Group A on goal difference from Bolivia with four points from two matches, and La Roja will meet Mauricio Soria’s side in the final group match in Santiago on Friday.Chile twice had to come from behind in a thrilling first half, with Arturo Vidal cancelling out Matias Vuoso’s 21st minute opener within 60 seconds.The ever-dangerous Raul Jimenez gave Mexico the lead for a second time just before the half-hour mark, but former QPR player Eduardo Vargas levelled for a second time with an emphatic header from Vidal’s cross.The Juventus midfielder then gave Chile the lead for the first time in the match ten minutes into the second half from the penalty spot, but Mexico restored parity midway through the second half as Vuoso netted his second goal of the night, after a six-year international barren spell, to hand Miguel Herrera’s side a share of the points. Third-placed Mexico, with two draws from their opening matches against Bolivia and Chile, face bottom side Ecuador in their final group match in Rancagua on Friday. In the earlier match…Bolivia are on the verge of qualification to the knockout stages of the Copa America after a shock 3-2 victory over Ecuador in the Estadio Elias Figueroa in Valparaiso.Bolivia, who secured a point from their Group A opener with Mexico on Friday, now have four points from their two matches so far and are guaranteed at least third place in the group. Ecuador’s miserable record of not progressing out of the group stages of the Copa America since 1997 is likely to continue, unless they beat Mexico in Rancagua on Friday and other results go their way.The top two in the three groups qualify for the quarter-finals automatically, and they will be joined in the last eight by the two third-placed teams with the best group stage records.Bolivia took the lead in the third minute through skipper Ronald Raldes’ scooped header, then doubled their advantage 15 minutes later from Martin Smedberg’s emphatic finish.Ecuador wasted a chance to halve the deficit when Bolivia goalkeeper Romel Quinonez saved Enner Valencia’s weak spot-kick, then Marcelo Moreno showed the West Ham striker how to do it with his own emphatic penalty two minutes before the break. Gustavo Quinteros’s side dominated the second half, with Valencia and his strike partner Miller Bolanos both netting, but Quinonez and the Bolivia defence stood firm to secure a first Copa America win for 18 years. –last_img

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