Bayer 04 Leverkusen midfielder Charles Aranguiz scored his first goal at the Copa America Centenario in a 2-0 win over Colombia to pave the way for Chile to set up a re-match of last year's final against Argentina.
Colombia 0-2 Chile
Goals: 0-1 Aranguiz (7'), 0-2 Fuenzalida (11')
FC Bayern München's Arturo Vidal was suspended for this match but his absence was scarcely noticeable initially as Chile's intensity overpowered Colombia. Aranguiz broke the deadlock early on, volleying in from close range after ghosting in undetected at the back post, before Jose Fuenzailda doubled their lead shortly afterwards with a tap-in after Alexis Sanchez's shot cannoned off the post.
Colombia rallied towards the end of the first half but their momentum was stalled when the match was suspended for around two hours due to severe weather conditions. The waterlogged pitch prevented either team from developing any real rhythm, but the tie swung further in Chile's favour when Colombia's Carlos Sanchez was sent off for a second bookable offence. The title holders subsequently had little trouble protecting their lead and sealing a place in Sunday's final against Argentina.
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Colombia: Ospina – Arias, Zapata, Murillo, Fabra (Perez 73') – Sanchez, Torres – Cuadrado (Bacca 80'), Rodriguez (c), Cardona (Moreno 46') – R. Martinez
Coach: Jose Pekerman
Chile: Bravo (c) – Isla, Medel, Jara, Beausejour – Aranguiz, Silva, Hernandez (Pulgar 29') – Fuenzalida (Puch 75'), Vargas (Gonzalez 88'), Sanchez
Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi