Copa America - Semi-Finals

Chile 2-1 Peru

By Tom RostanceBBC Sport

Hosts Chile reached their first Copa America final in 28 years after seeing off the 10 men of Peru in a thrilling encounter in Santiago.

Chile could have had midfielder Arturo Vidal sent off early on before Peru defender Carlos Zambrano was dismissed.

Former QPR striker Eduardo Vargas then put Chile ahead after Alexis Sanchez had hit the post but Peru levelled through a Gary Medel own goal.

But Chile deservedly won it when Vargas fired home a fine second from 25 yards.

Chile have never won the Copa in the 99-year history of the tournament but will now play either Argentina or Paraguay in Saturday's final.

Juventus midfielder Vidal was lucky to escape punishment for thrusting his hand into the face of marker Zambrano before Peru hit the post through Jefferson Farfan's header.

Red card
Peru defender Carlos Zambrano was sent off for catching Charles Aranguiz with his follow-through

Zambrano was not shown the same leniency from referee Jose Argote in the 20th minute when he was shown a straight red card after catching Charles Aranguiz on his follow-through as he cleared the ball downfield.

Peru were furious and were further aggrieved before half-time when Sanchez's cross struck the post and Vargas scrambled in, with replays suggesting the striker was marginally offside.

The two contentious decisions were the latest chapters in a tournament marred by controversy on and off the pitch.

Brazil superstar Neymar was suspended for four matches after being sent off and then clashing with players against Colombia; Chile midfielder Vidal was banned from driving but cleared to play on after a car crash while allegedly drunk; and his team-mate Gonzalo Jara is serving a ban after an incident in which he appeared to poke his finger against Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani's backside.

After the break Vargas was this time unlucky to see a strike incorrectly ruled out offside before Peru counter-attacked to perfection to level.

Former Cardiff midfielder Medel stretched to cut out an excellent cross from right-back Luis Advincula but could only turn past his own goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

Red card
Zambrano's dismissal left Peru to play with 70 minutes with 10 men

Peru had deserved their equaliser but were behind again four minutes later when the busy Vargas lashed in a stunning second, dipping a shot beyond Pedro Gallese from 25 yards.

Peru, who also lost in the 2011 semi-final, tired after that goal and Arsenal forward Sanchez clipped the top of the bar from an angle as Chile saw out the win.



Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Bravo
  • 4Isla
  • 17Medel
  • 13Rojas
  • 3AlbornozSubstituted forMenaat 45'minutes
  • 8Vidal
  • 21DíazSubstituted forPizarroat 45'minutes
  • 20Aránguiz
  • 10ValdíviaSubstituted forGutiérrezat 86'minutes
  • 11Vargas
  • 7Sánchez


  • 2Mena
  • 5Silva
  • 6Fuenzalida
  • 9Pinilla
  • 12Garcés
  • 14Fernández
  • 15Beausejour
  • 16Pizarro
  • 19Gutiérrez
  • 22Henriquez Iturra
  • 23Herrera


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gallese
  • 17Advincula
  • 5ZambranoBooked at 20mins
  • 22Ascues
  • 6Vargas
  • 21Ballón
  • 16LobatónSubstituted forYotúnat 73'minutes
  • 18CarrilloSubstituted forPizarroat 73'minutes
  • 10Farfán
  • 8CuevaSubstituted forRamosat 27'minutes
  • 9Guerrero


  • 2Céspedes
  • 3Riojas
  • 4Requena
  • 7Hurtado
  • 11Reyna
  • 12Penny
  • 13Retamoso
  • 14Pizarro
  • 15Ramos
  • 19Yotún
  • 20Sánchez
  • 23Libman
Jose Argote

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chile 2, Peru 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chile 2, Peru 1.

  3. Post update

    Eduardo Vargas (Chile) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jefferson Farfán (Peru).

  5. Post update

    David Pizarro (Chile) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Carlos Ascues (Peru).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Chile. Conceded by Pedro Gallese.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Arturo Vidal (Chile) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Felipe Gutiérrez with a through ball.

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    Foul by Arturo Vidal (Chile).

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    Yoshimar Yotún (Peru) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Eugenio Mena (Chile).

  12. Post update

    Claudio Pizarro (Peru) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Peru. Luis Advincula tries a through ball, but José Paolo Guerrero is caught offside.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Chile. Felipe Gutiérrez replaces Jorge Valdívia.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Claudio Pizarro (Peru) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yoshimar Yotún following a set piece situation.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Arturo Vidal (Chile).

  17. Post update

    Josepmir Ballón (Peru) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Chile. Alexis Sánchez tries a through ball, but Eduardo Vargas is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (Chile) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Eugenio Mena with a headed pass.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Chile) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jorge Valdívia with a through ball.