Chile set up Copa Amer­ica fi­nal with Ar­gentina

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Ha­roon Rasheed as the new Direc­tor of Cricket Op­er­a­tions at the end of this month.

Ha­roon, was dis­charged from the re­sponsi- HOUS­TON—Chile beat Colom­bia 2-0 in the Copa Amer­ica semi-fi­nal and will face Ar­gentina in Sun­day’s fi­nal af­ter sur­viv­ing a tu­mul­tuous match in Chicago that was halted for more than two hours due to a tor­ren­tial rain storm.

Chile were al­ready two goals up at half time but the sec­ond half was de­layed as an elec­tri­cal storm pow­ered to­wards Sol­dier Field and drenched the sta­dium with rain.

The teams came back to a wa­ter­logged pitch and Colom­bia, who had a man sent off early in the sec­ond pe­riod, could not re­duce the deficit.

“We played well but Chile are a very strong side,” Colom­bian mid­fielder Juan Cuadrado said af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle.

“We thought a come­back was pos­si­ble but some­times things don’t work out like you want.”

The re­sult takes Chile into a mouth-wa­ter­ing fi­nal against Ar­gentina in New Jer­sey on Sun­day. The game will be a re­peat of last year’s fi­nal in Santiago that the host na­tion won on penal­ties.

The reign­ing cham­pi­ons came into the game on a high af­ter beat­ing Mex­ico 7-0 and took only six min­utes to make their mark again.

For­mer Chelsea mid­fielder Cuadrado mis­di­rected a header across his own goal straight to Charles Aran­guiz and the Lev­erkusen mid­fielder had the straight­for­ward task of side­foot­ing past David Ospina.

Chile dou­bled their lead four min­utes later af­ter an Alexis Sanchez shot re­bounded off the post into the path of Jose Pe­dro Fuen­za­l­ida.

With Ospina beaten, the Univer­si­dad Ca­tolica full back scored one of the eas­i­est goals of his ca­reer by side­foot­ing into the empty net.

Chile, who were al­ready miss­ing mid­field­ers Ar­turo Vi­dal and Marcelo Diaz, lost Pe­dro Pablo Her­nan­dez af­ter half an hour when he limped off in­jured and the re­sult­ing reshuf­fle took the wind out of their sails.

Colom­bia came back into the game, with James Ro­driguez com­ing close with two shots and cre­at­ing chances for Roger Martinez and Ed­win Car­mona.

How­ever, Clau­dio Bravo was in fine form and it stayed 2-0 at the break.

Colom­bia pushed on af­ter the restart with a lively Ro­driguez lead­ing the at­tack but were dealt a huge blow in the 56th minute when in­flu­en­tial mid­fielder Car­los Sanchez was sent off for a sec­ond yel­low card of­fence.

Colom­bia did not give up and came close on sev­eral oc­ca­sions but con­di­tions un­der­foot were dif­fi­cult for both sides and the score re­mained 2-0.

The An­dean side will now play hosts United States in the third-fourth place play­off on Satur­day.

Ar­gentina beat the United States 4-0 on Tues­day night to reach their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Copa Amer­ica fi­nal.—AFP

Alexis Sanchez #7 of Chile moves around Juan Cuadrado #11 of Colom­bia.

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