Chile is the first team to reach the final of the America’s cup. In the semifinals the hosts beat Peru 2-1 in a match far from easy. La Roja had the advantage of playing in numerical superiority for 70′ as a result of expulsion of Zambrano. Decisive two goals from Edu Vargas, 25 year-old striker has just returned to Naples, while the Peruvians, it’s not enough an own goal by Medel.
Peru begins well with Farfan, and Vidal likely risked the red card for a slap to Zambrano but was pardoned by Venezuelan Argote instead punished by expulsion for an entry on the same Peruvian Aranguiz. The Gareca’s team maintains a certain balance: Chile struggling to break through but before the halftime but is able to find the advantage: the cross of Sanchez hit the post, the rebound finds Vargas ready, suspected offside, he made no mistake from close range. The Peru does not agree and at 16′ of the second half is find the balance thank of the unfortunate own goal by Medel, who headed into his own goal deflecting a cross from Advincula. Three minutes later, however, a pearl of Vargas by 25 meters gives the advantage to Chile. Sanchez then is missing the tird goal: now the winner between Paraguay and Argentina will be the next opponent.
“It was our duty to bring Chile in the final, we knew from the beginning. It ‘is an incredible dream, even more so because we are the hosts – says the coach Jorge Sampaoli -. Of all the games that we have done so far, this was certainly the most complicated, because we did not know how to approach it.” Ricardo Gareca, coach of Peru instead, is satisfied despite defeat. “They gave everything they had. There remains the bad feeling that leaves the elimination, we were convinced that we can center the final, but we faced a very tough and we plays a long time with a man down to this level of competition is complicated.
Now we have to recover and think about the match for third place. Chile, however, is ready to be champion.”While Guerrero, the bomber of the team defeated, joked: “I do not really like talking of refereeing, but there were many unexpected and curious things. After the scandal of FIFA, and with the fact that Chile plays at home, there would be many things to analyze. The expulsion of Zambrano has made things difficult for us – continued the attacker – there were so many contingencies: they have marked offside, and a penalty was not given to us. We had a good game, despite the numerical inferiority. We fought until the end and we were a breath away from the final. In 11 against 11 it would have been a different story. “
Translation provided by Pietro Ferreri