FC Bayern München midfielder Arturo Vidal was the hero for defending Copa America champions Chile, scoring twice in a 2-1 victory over Bolivia in Group D.
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Chile 2–1 Bolivia
Goals: 1-0 Vidal (46'), 1-1 Campos (61'), 2-1 Vidal (pen. 100')
Vidal was joined by Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Charles Aranguiz in the starting line-up for La Roja, and their battling qualities were immediately called upon against an aggressive, tough-tackling Bolivia side. Nevertheless, Chile completely dominated the first half, even if they struggled to break down their deep-lying opponents, who fielded a five-man backline.
After losing to Argentina in their first Group D game, Chile needed a win to have a chance of going through and they began with renewed determination in the second half. Vidal put them ahead within seconds of the restart, slotting home from ten yards following a swift first attack. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's Eduardo Vargas was brought on in the 58th minute, but Bolivia equalised against the run of play shortly afterwards when Jhasmani Campos scored a sublime long-range free-kick.
Vidal went within inches of restoring Chile's lead when the ball fell kindly to him while he was lying on the ground inside the box, but his instinctive flick trickled agonizingly wide. Vargas also went close with a late strike before Vidal held his nerve in the tenth minute of stoppage time, slotting in a penalty to keep alive Chile's chances of reaching the Copa America Centenario quarter-finals.
Chile: Bravo – Isla (Fuenzalida 76'), Medel, Jara, Beausejour – Vidal, Hernandez, Aranguiz – Orellana (Puch 68'), Pinilla (Vargas 58'), Sanchez
Coach: Juan Pizzi
Bolivia: Lampe – Gutierrez, Bejarano, Eguino, Zenteno, Saavedra – Arce (Ramallo 54'), Smedberg-Dalence, Castro (Campos 58') – Melean – Duk (Veizaga 82')
Coach: Julio Baldivieso
"Important win! We've got to keep improving. Let's go for more Chile!"