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Chile cruises into quarterfinals after win against Panama

Photo by Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports
Photo by Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports

PHILADELPHIA — Chile cruised into the final eight of the Copa America Centenario on Tuesday night with a 4-2 win over Panama at Lincoln Financial Field.

Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas scored two goals each to put Chile into the final eight of the competition.

Panama produced an unexpected opener in the fifth minute as Miguel Camargo scored from the right wing. The Panama defender received some help from Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who committed a howler on the right side of the penalty area.

Chile responded with a flurry of pressure that resulted in a 15th-minute equalizer by way of Vargas. Vargas tapped the ball in at the right post after Jamie Penedo’s save on Alexis deflected over to the boot of the Hoffenheim forward.

Vargas was at it again in front of goal in the 43rd minute as he delivered a superb header into the bottom-right part of the net off a Jean Beausejour cross.

The quality of the goals was raised even higher in the 50th minute, when Alexis sent a thunderbolt into the roof of the net following Vargas’ cross from the right side of the pitch.

Panama pulled one back in the 75th minute thanks to Abdiel Arroyo’s shot at the left post that somehow got past Bravo.

Despite only being down one goal in the closing phase of the contest, Panama failed to test the wobbly Bravo for the final 15 minutes.

Alexis contributed his second of the contest in the waning moments of the match as he knocked a header past Penedo from the middle of the box in the 89th minute.

Chile secured second place in Group D with their win on Tuesday. They will travel to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California to play Mexico in the quarterfinals, while Panama is eliminated from the tournament.


Eduardo Vargas played a role in each of the three tallies netted by La Roja on Tuesday night. His 43rd-minute header was the better of the two goals he sent past Penedo. He finished off his night in style as he provided Alexis with a perfect cross five minutes into the second half.


Vargas’ goal in the 15th minute set La Roja on track for three points. If he was not set up at the right post, Panama would’ve gained more momentum from Penedo’s stellar save. After the goal, Chile dominated the rest of the first half and pulled into the lead right before the half through Vargas.


Claudio Bravo will want to forget his performance on Tuesday night immediately. The Barcelona man committed a brutal error on Camargo’s strike and suffered from the yips again in the 75th minute on Arroyo’s tally.


  1. Man. Chile v Mexico is going to be a great game. Certainly 2 teams that have the capability to win the tournament, but only one will survive. Tough one to call.


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