San Francisco Chronicle

Chile heads to final after soggy victory


Charles Aranguiz and Jose Pedro Feunzalida scored in the first half and defending champion Chile returned to the Copa America championsh­ip with a soggy 2-0 victory over Colombia in Chicago on Wednesday night.

Led by Claudio Bravo’s stellar effort in goal, Chile earned its fourth straight win since a 2-1 loss to top-ranked Argentina in its Group D opener. Next is a rematch with La Albicelest­e in the final Sunday night in New Jersey.

James Rodriguez and Colombia got off to a slow start and their push for a comeback was hampered by a strong line of thundersto­rms that delayed the start of the second half by more than two hours, drenching the pitch and making it difficult for players to stay on their feet at Soldier Field.

Colombia, which will face the United States in the third-place game Saturday night in Arizona, had to play with 10 men after Carlos Sanchez received his second yellow card in the 57th minute.

Rodriguez got open for a low, hard shot in the second half that Bravo knocked down before pouncing on the ball before Colombia could get to it. Rodriguez pounded the wet turf in frustratio­n after the play.

Chile played without Arturo Vidal after the skilled midfielder was suspended for a second yellow card, and defensive midfielder Marcelo Diaz was sidelined by injury. Argentina-U.S. ratings: The Copa America semifinal between Argentina and the United States on Tuesday was watched by a total of 8.1 million viewers in the U.S. Argentina’s dominant 4-0 victory led by Lionel Messi averaged 4.8 million viewers on Spanishlan­guage Univision and 3.3 million on English-language Fox Sports 1. Only two U.S. Women’s World Cup games last summer drew more viewers for a soccer match on FS1.

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