Colombia 0-0 Chile (Chile win 5-4 on penalties): Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez scores winning spot-kick in Copa America shootout as reigning champions book semi-final spot
- Chile beat Colombia 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in Friday night’s game
- The result saw Chile book a spot in the semi-finals of the Copa America in Brazil
- Chile were the better side over 120 minutes and had two goals disallowed by VAR
- Alexis Sanchez scored the winning spot-kick after William Tesillo had missed
After having two goals taken away by video review, Chile kept their cool and stayed on track to retain the Copa America title.
Chile overcame two unfavorable VAR decisions in regulation time on Friday, then defeated Colombia 5-4 on penalties in the quarter-finals of the South American competition.
Alexis Sanchez scored the decisive spot-kick to send the two-time defending champions to the last four.
Alexis Sanchez scored the winning spot-kick as Chile beat Colombia in a penalty shootout
Sanchez kept his nerve and sent former Arsenal team-mate David Ospina the wrong way
Chile will face either Uruguay or Peru, who meet on Saturday in Salvador. Brazil and Argentina will play in the other semi-final.
Chile had goals disallowed by video review in each half of a 0-0 draw.
‘We have to get used to it,’ said Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda, who is Colombian. ‘It generates a feeling of frustration. You celebrate a goal but then you have to accept these decisions. Fortunately, the team didn’t lose its cool and the players kept their mental strength despite of what happened.’
Colombian defender William Tesillo shot wide in the second-to-last penalty, and Sanchez came in to seal Chile’s victory with a low shot into the corner.
Arturo Vidal, Eduardo Vargas, Erick Pulgar and Charles Aranguiz also scored for Chile in the shootout, while James Rodriguez, Edwin Cardona, Juan Cuadrado and Yerry Mina netted for Colombia, who had the best campaign of the group stage and exited the tournament without conceding any goals in four matches.
Manchester United forward Sanchez celebrated by taking off his shirt and looking to the sky
Colombia players looked dejected after being knocked out at the quarter-final stage in Brazil
‘Penalties are always more in the hands of God than in the feet of the players,’ Colombia coach Carlos Queiroz said. ‘It was a tough defeat, but this was a step forward for Colombia. We are certain that the Colombian fans have reason to be proud. Our performance shows that there are signs of improvement.’
Colombia, who were seeking a second straight semi-final appearance, were also eliminated by Chile at the 2016 Copa America. Chile have got the better of Colombia the last four times the teams have met in the tournament’s knockout stages.
Chile are trying to become the first nation to win three straight Copa titles since Argentina in the late 1940s.
It was an open match at the Arena Corinthians, but it was Chile that created the most significant scoring opportunities.
The title-holders thought they had opened the scoring with Aranguiz about 15 minutes into the match, but the goal was ruled out after video review determined Sanchez was offside in the build-up. In the 70th minute, Vidal’s goal with a shot from inside the area was reversed because the ball touched the arm of teammate Guillermo Maripan before reaching Vidal.
Referee Patricio Loustau disallowed two Chile goals after VAR reviews during normal time
Arturo Vidal celebrated what he thought was a goal but VAR ruled out his 70th-minute strike
Goalkeeper David Ospina, returning to the Colombia lineup after traveling back home to visit his ill father, had already made two great consecutive saves earlier in the match to keep Chile from opening the scoring.
It was a tense match at times, and a brawl involving nearly all players erupted in the first half after Sanchez and Colombian defender Mina got into an altercation.
Colombia’s only Copa title came in a final against Mexico in 2001, though they have made it to the quarter-finals four straight times. This was Chile’s fifth straight last-eight appearance. They defeated Argentina in the last two finals, both times in penalty shootouts.
The match was delayed in 20 minutes because the Chilean squad was caught in heavy traffic in Sao Paulo and couldn’t arrive in time at the stadium.
Sanchez and Colombia No 13 Yerry Mina squared up to each other during a tense first half