The humiliating moment Chile striker Eduardo Vargas fails with lame ‘panenka’ penalty… with his team already 3-0 down to Peru
- Chile striker Eduardo Vargas saw his ‘panenka’ penalty saved against Peru
- Vargas attempted to audacious spot-kick despite his side being 3-0 down
- Peru made it through to the Copa America final for the first time in 44 years
Chile were knocked out of the Copa America in the semi-finals with a 3-0 defeat to Peru, and Eduardo Vargas’ misery was compounded when he missed a late penalty.
The Chile forward attempted a ‘panenka’ spot-kick in the closing stages despite the fact that his side were already 3-0 down.
Vargas ended up looking rather foolish as his penalty was saved by Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.
Chile striker Eduardo Vargas missed a ‘panenka’ penalty in his side’s defeat to Peru
Vargas was left devastated after missing the spot-kick in the closing stages of the game
Had Vargas scored then he would have become the current outright leading scorer in this year’s Copa America with three goals.
Vargas, who currently plays for Tigres in Mexico, had a spell in England on loan at QPR in the 2014-15 season while he was a Napoli player.
Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese reacted quickly to keep out Vargas’ penalty late on
Goals from Edison Flores and Yoshimar Yotun in the first half put Peru in the ascendancy.
Paolo Guerrero added a third goal late on before Vargas’ penalty miss.
Peru will take on hosts Brazil in the final on Sunday. It will be Peru’s first appearance in the final for 44 years.
Chile had won the previous two editions of the Copa America but were denied the chance to make it three in a row. They will instead face Argentina in the third-place play-off.