Copa America - Group A
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Copa America 2015: Chile 2-0 Ecuador

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Arturo Vidal
Arturo Vidal scored Chile's first penalty in the Copa America since 1991
Copa America 2015
Venues: Eight cities across Chile Dates: 11 June to 4 July
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Hosts Chile began their quest for a maiden Copa America title with victory over Ecuador in Santiago.

Midfielder Arturo Vidal was brought down in the box by Miller Bolanos in the second half and picked himself up to convert the penalty for Chile.

Former QPR man Eduardo Vargas netted the second, calmly slotting home, as Matias Fernandez was sent off late on.

Ecuador's best chance fell to West Ham striker Enner Valencia, who struck the crossbar with a close-range header.

Chile have never won the competition in its 99-year history, coming runners-up on four occasions, the last being in 1987.

And having reached the last-16 of the 2014 World Cup, the Chileans are third favourites behind Argentina and Brazil to lift the trophy this year.

South American football writer Tim Vickery:
"Burnley fans can catch up on their one time goalkeeper Diego Penny of Peru, while Manchester City supporters need ask no more what became of Argentine striker Mathias Vuoso - he is representing Mexico at the Copa."
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The top two sides from the three groups will progress to the quarter-finals, as well as the two best third-placed teams, with these sides lining up alongside Mexico and Bolivia in Group A.

Chile showed more intent in the encounter with some sharp, crisp passing, while Juventus's Vidal and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez combined well in the final third.

But they were unable to find a killer touch in front of goal early on as Sanchez stabbed an effort wide, while ex-QPR full-back Mauricio Isla came close as well.

Ecuador, who failed to make it out of their group at last year's World Cup, were happy to sit back and use their pace on the counter-attack.

Striker Fidel Martinez forced Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo into a full stretch save.

The game's defining moment came from Vidal, who seemed to go down easily in the penalty area, but stepped up to score an unstoppable spot-kick into the top corner of the net.

They got their second six minutes from time, punishing poor Ecuador defending, as Sanchez played in Vargas who struck a low finish.

The match ended on a sour note for Chile after substitute Fernandez was dismissed for hacking down Juan Carlos Paredes in injury time.

Arturo Vidal
Arturo Vidal was brought down in the box, but got up to score the penalty
Enner Valencia
Enner Valencia almost grabbed an equaliser for Ecuador
Eduardo Vargas
Substitute Eduardo Vargas netted the second for Chile
Chile celebrate
Chile have not won the Copa America in its 99 year history

Line-ups

Chile

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Bravo
  • 17Medel
  • 18JaraBooked at 32mins
  • 2Mena
  • 4Isla
  • 20AránguizSubstituted forPizarroat 85'minutes
  • 21Díaz
  • 15BeausejourSubstituted forVargasat 45'minutes
  • 10ValdíviaSubstituted forFernándezat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Vidal
  • 7Sánchez

Substitutes

  • 3Albornoz
  • 5Silva
  • 6Fuenzalida
  • 9Pinilla
  • 11Vargas
  • 12Garcés
  • 13Rojas
  • 14Fernández
  • 16Pizarro
  • 19Gutiérrez
  • 22Henriquez Iturra
  • 23Herrera

Ecuador

Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Domínguez
  • 4Paredes
  • 21Achilier
  • 3Erazo
  • 10Ayoví
  • 9MartínezBooked at 24minsSubstituted forIbarraat 79'minutes
  • 6Noboa
  • 14LastraBooked at 42minsSubstituted forQuiñonezat 68'minutes
  • 7Montero
  • 13E Valencia
  • 8Bolaños

Substitutes

  • 1Azcona
  • 2Mina
  • 5Ibarra
  • 11Cazares
  • 12Dreer
  • 15Quiñonez
  • 16Pineida
  • 17Angulo
  • 18Bagüí
  • 19Larrea
  • 20Narvaez
  • 22González
Referee:
Néstor Pitana
Attendance:
46,000

Match Stats

Home TeamChileAway TeamEcuador
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chile 2, Ecuador 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chile 2, Ecuador 0.

  3. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Matías Fernández (Chile) for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Matías Fernández (Chile).

  5. Post update

    Juan Carlos Paredes (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Arturo Vidal (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jefferson Montero (Ecuador).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Chile).

  9. Post update

    Gabriel Achilier (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Eugenio Mena (Chile).

  11. Post update

    Renato Ibarra (Ecuador) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Chile).

  13. Post update

    Renato Ibarra (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Chile. David Pizarro replaces Charles Aránguiz.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Chile 2, Ecuador 0. Eduardo Vargas (Chile) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Ecuador. Christian Noboa tries a through ball, but Renato Ibarra is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Enner Valencia (Ecuador) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Walter Ayoví following a set piece situation.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Walter Ayoví (Ecuador) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Chile).

  20. Post update

    Juan Carlos Paredes (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the attacking half.