Vargas steals the show as Chile thrash Mexico to reach semi-finals

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.

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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')

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.


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..."