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Copa America: Chile beat Colombia to set up final clash against Argentina

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

Defending Champions Chile beat 10-man Colombia 2-0 in the semi-final of Copa America, courtesy two early goals by Charles Aranguiz and Jose Fuenzalida.

Chile will now face Argentina in the final. Chile, who had destroyed Mexico 7-0 showed no signs of slowing down, as they were two goals up against Colombia by the 11th minute.

Bayern Leverkusen midfielder Charles Aranguiz gave them the lead in the 7th minute, before Fuenzalida doubled up the lead in the 11th minute.

The second half of the game was delayed due to bad weather conditions in Chicago.

The tournament organisers instructed fans to take shelter as heavy rains pounded the stands. The game resumed after a delay of two hours.

Pitch conditions were affected due to rains, with wet patches making it difficult for the players.

Colombia's hope to make a comeback was dealt a huge blow after Carlos Sanchez received his second yellow card of the game in the 57th minute.

Pablo Hernandez replaced star player Arturo Vidal - who was out due to suspension. Coach Jose Antonio Pizzi was also forced to replace Marcelo Diaz with Francisco Silva due to injury. Mauricio Isla was brought into the team in place of Edson Puch.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman was forced to make two changes, injured Carlos Bacca and Farid Diaz were replaced with Roger Martinez and Frank Fabra, respectively.

Chile now looks set to win a consecutive Copa America title, in what looks likely to be a repeat of the last year final.

First published: 23 June 2016, 3:21 IST