Summary

  • Chile reach Copa America semi-finals after 7-0 win over Mexico.
  • TSG 1899 Hoffenheim forward Eduardo Vargas scores an astonishing four goals in the victory.
  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez started for Mexico; Vidal, Aranguiz and Vargas for Chile.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim forward Eduardo Vargas was in sensational form to score four times as Chile took another step towards defending their Copa America crown with a 7-0 victory over Mexico in Santa Clara on Saturday.

Mexico 0-7 Chile

Goals: 0-1 Puch (16'), 0-2 Vargas (44'), 0-3 Sanchez (49'), 0-4 Vargas (52'), 0-5 Vargas (57'), 0-6 Vargas, 0-7 Puch (87')

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There was an array of Bundesliga talent on display at kick-off, with FC Bayern München's Arturo Vidal and Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Charles Aranguiz joining Vargas in the starting line-up for La Roja, while Leverkusen forward Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez led the attack for Mexico. Chile got the better start and their high-intensity pressing had El Tri in a stranglehold early on, culminating in Edson Puch's opening goal after 16 minutes.

Chile's pressure was relentless, denying Mexico's full-backs the space to get forward and hounding them whenever they gained possession. A second goal just before half-time, a well-taken effort from Vargas, put Chile even more firmly in control and when Vidal teed up Alexis Sanchez for their third soon after the restart the match appeared over as a contest.

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Vargas made absolutely sure of the outcome soon afterwards, netting three more times to take his tally at the tournament to six in four matches and end Mexico's 22-game unbeaten streak. Another goal from Puch late on crowned a memorable win, while the only sour note for Chile was a booking for Vidal, who will now miss their semi-final tie with Colombia in Chicago on Wednesday.

Line-ups

Mexico: Corona - Aguilar, Araujo, Moreno, Layun – Guardado, Duenas (Pena 46'), Herrera – Lozano (Jimenez 46'), Chicharito, J.M. Corona (Reyes 60')

Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio

Chile: Bravo – Fuenzalida, Medel (Roco 60'), Jara, Beausejour (Mark 73') – Aranguiz, Diaz (Silva 57'), Vidal – Puch, Sanchez, Vargas

Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi

Chicharito reaction

"Apologies to all Mexicans. We weren't able to represent you in a way you deserved tonight. We're very embarrassed, sad and hurt..."