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Summary

  1. Hosts Chile have never won Copa title
  2. Juventus midfielder Vidal wins & scores penalty
  3. Three Premier League players in Ecuador side
  4. Final played on 4 July

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Chile 2-0 Ecuador

And that's a wrap from us for the night!

Thanks very much for your company as ever. Vamos!

Chile 2-0 Ecuador

Bit of a scuffle in the tunnel, I can't quite make out who's involved but insert Latin stereotypes about temperament here. There are an awful lot of hard-looking men in mafioso style coats though. Don't ask too many questions.

Chile 2-0 Ecuador

Good points Noel. I guess we shall see in time.

Chile next face Mexico on Monday before rounding out Group A against Bolivia.

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Noel Fitzpatrick: Chile all guns blazing, great to watch but they can't slow a game down and not sure they'd cope with going a goal behind.

FULL-TIME

Chile 2-0 Ecuador

RED CARD

Chile 2-0 Ecuador - Matias Fernandez

Oh dear. How to ruin your big night! Chile go down to 10 men as sub Matias Fernandez makes a poor tackle, poor rather than horrific, but he is high and sees red.

Chile 2-0 Ecuador

Almost a sensational goal! Chile pick through the Ecuadroian press, Arturo Vidal frees Alexis Sanchez down the left, he could square it but wants a goal himself, greed is good, he's inside onto his right foot, delays, puts a defender down, it all opens up - but his shot is brilliantly blocked!

Thriller. Thrilling stuff.

Chile 2-0 Ecuador

Have Chile shown that they can be real contenders to win the Copa tonight?

Quite possibly. They have not been tested defensively but their midfield is excellent and Alexis Sanchez will be a thorn in any side's side, so to speak.

Chile 2-0 Ecuador

So it's going to be two goals and three points for Chile tonight, and one job very well done.

GOAL

Chile 2-0 Ecuador - Eduardo Vargas

A crucial minute! Ecuador hit the bar, Chile counter and score.

It's a horrible mistake from Fidel Martinez too, the Ecuador man playing a blind pass back from the halfway line which goes straight to Alexis Sanchez. He drives on and tees up Eduardo Vargas, and he makes no mistake, across the keeper for goal number 19 in 43 caps.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Chile 1-0 Ecuador

But there is a big chance for Ecuador! Enner Valencia gets up well to meet a ball back into the box and he thumps a header against the crossbar!

Chile 1-0 Ecuador

Ecuador have 10 minutes to fight back. But in truth they have barely tested Claudio Bravo thus far.

Chile 1-0 Ecuador

Well I did say I had done no research into the weather in Chile! But thanks for pointing out my gross ignorance. Cold in Chile in June? Who knew?Everyone apart from me.

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Chile 1-0 Ecuador

Foster: Came to Chile for the summer, however Winter has definitely come as its rather cold these days! Nearly ski season!

Matt Ridgway: Tom Rostance #BBCFootball...it's mid winter here in #Chile...expecting -1C tonight..

Chile 1-0 Ecuador

Arturo Vidal
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There are lots of lovely images of that spot-kick coming in already. Huge global media interest in this competition of course. Just wait until Lionel Messi steps out onto the pitch.

Chile 1-0 Ecuador

What have Ecuador got in the tank? They can't get the ball at the moment so they'll have a job fighting back. Chile bring on Matias Fernandez for Jorge Valdivia, playmaker for playmaker.

Chile 1-0 Ecuador

That penalty award was a bit soft but there's no denying the fact that Chile deserve their lead.

GOAL

Chile 1-0 Ecuador - Arturo Vidal (Pen)

Vidal
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GGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

Vidal
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Arturo Vidal steps up and puts his size nine right through the ball, bang! You do not save those. Top corner.

PENALTY to CHILE

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

Arturo Vidal cuts in from the right, can he get a shot away? No, he goes down and a penalty is given! Miller Bolanos had an arm on his shoulder and the Juventus man went to ground...

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

As Noel pointed out [01:58] this is a bit like watching Arsenal. Chile craft some wonderful looking moves but they tend to look for the killer ball when sometimes a shot is on. Alexis Sanchez and Jorge Valdivia are involved but there's no shot but hang on!

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

The game is getting stretched now as both sides start to look leggy. It's been a high tempo game in (what I can only imagine) are sweltering conditions. I'll be honest, no research has gone into that last point. It looks hot though.

Alexis Sanchez remains the most dangerous looking player on the pitch but Enner Valencia is starting to throw his weight about for Ecuador.

Women's World Cup update

Tears. Tears of pain as Ivory Coast miss a chance to equalise with the very last kick of the game and Thailand hang on to take the win...

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Chile 0-0 Ecuador

Noel Fitzpatrick: Cracking game but Chile trying to score Arsenal goals...need a few shots from distance

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

Ecuador will be pleased with 0-0 thus far - but they could also really poop this party with a win tonight. Enner Valencia gets a shot away and Claudio Bravo does well to get down and make the save.

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

Jorge Valdivia is your Robin Friday, your Rodney Marsh of Chilean football.

The number 10 was once given a 20-match ban for vandalising a hotel and later got another 10-game ban for missing a team meeting after going out with five team-mates after the baptism of his daughter.

Her head was well and truly wetted. He's a character for sure but also capable of unlocking this Ecuador defence...

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

No holds barred stuff as Ecuador's Osbaldo Lastra smashes the back of Jorge Valdivia. He is incensed by that challenge and the Ecuador man is lucky to get away with it. A proper reducer.

KICK-OFF

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

Game on!

SUBSTITUTION

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

Chile make a change as Jean Beausejour comes off at the break, with another former QPR man Eduardo Vargas on in his place.

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

Chile have attempted 314 passes so far - no team made more in the first half of a game in the last Copa America in 2011. They have been impressive in the middle third.

You've got to score!

She did, but you don't want to miss this.

Watch as Ivory Coast's Ines Nrehy misses an almost open goal against Thailand with the scores tied at 1-1 in the side's Group B match at the 2015 Women's World Cup in Ottawa.

Latest gossip

Half-time reading? You love a bit of gossip, don't you?

Here are the top stories from the Friday newspapers:

  • Liverpool could hijack Chelsea's bid for unsettled on-loan Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao, 29. (Daily Star)
  • Manchester United are ready to bid for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 21, with chief executive Ed Woodward determined to lead the negotiations. (Manchester Evening News)
  • Arsenal and Manchester United target Jackson Martinez, 28, is on the verge of a move to a top European club, according to the Porto striker's agent. (Daily Mail)

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Chile 0-0 Ecuador

Ugali Ujang: Haha! Alexis Sanchez is pure joy to watch..!

HALF-TIME

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

And there's half-time. Excellent watch so far, just lacking a goal.

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

Claudio Bravo
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Claudio Bravo hasn't had much to do in the Chile net, but he turned on the style when he made one flying save to keep out a shot from Fidel Martinez.

Brilliant atmosphere in Santiago tonight. Lovely stuff.

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez link up again, some marvellous one-twos on display in this first half from Chile. They're just lacking the goal their enterprise deserves.

CLOSE!

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

Mauricio Isla and Arturo Vidal link up beautifully down the Chile right but Isla's low cross is just about smuggled away. A long ball over the top then finds Jorge Valdivia but the mulleted maverick can't bring the ball down.

Moments later Isla shoots wide after another neat move. Lovely, lovely football!

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

Chile
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High foot?

Chile pump in a cross, Ecuador centre-half Walter Ayovi heads it clear. And again.

That's not going to cut it.

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

You can certainly see why Mauricio Isla ended up at Juventus. He's been terrific at right wing-back for Chile. I'm not sure why he didn't do more for QPR to be honest.

YELLOW CARD

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

Former West Brom man Gonzalo Jara has gone into the book for an off the ball incident, Ecuador having more of it now. A few nerves around the place perhaps?

YELLOW CARD

Chile 0-0 Ecuador

Oooof! Ecuador striker Fidel Martinez with a tackle befitting this time of night. Late, high and rash. A booking.