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Copa America

  • July 17, 2011
  • • 23:15
  • • Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, San Juan, Provincia de San Juan

Live Commentary

  • I hope you have enjoyed the coverage of the game, that sees Venezuela confirmed as the fourth Copa America semi-finalist
  • Chile captain and goalkeeper Bravo will not be happy with the second goal, but it is a smash and grab win by Venezuela, who will fancy their chances of going all the way to the final
  • Chile threw men forward and had sufficient chances to win the game, but bad luck as they hit the crossbar twice and good defending from Venezuela resulted in the 2-1 result
  • The underdogs complete a quartet of shock results by beating highly fancied Chile. Vizcarrondo and Cichero scored the goals for Venezuela and defended superbly.
  • 90' + 4'
    Red Card Tomás Eduardo Rincón
  • 90' + 3'
    ITS ALL OVER!!! Venezuela are through to the semi-finals!
  • 90' + 2'
    RED CARD! Thomas Rincon is given a straight red by holding Valdivia back and the referee sends him from the pitch
  • 90' + 2'
    Chance for Rondon to finish it - but a great tackle by Ponce to stop the Venezuela striker. End to end stuff!!
  • 90'
    SubstitutionC. González Alejandro Moreno
  • 89'
    Great headed clearance by Vizcarrondo, Venezuela are hanging on. Chile throw everyone forward and repetedly launch the ball towards their opponent's penalty area
  • 88'
    Four minutes of injury time to be played as an Isla cross is claimed by Vega
  • 86'
    Goal? No!!! Vidal is adjudged to be offside as he is put through on goal and centres the ball for Sanchez to convert, but the strike is chalked off
  • 85'
    Play starts again with a Venezuela free-kick. Chile are pushing forward looking for an equaliser, which leaves space at the back
  • 85'
    Floodlight Failure!! The light on the left hand side of the pitch go out and play is stopped, Chile are keen to get started again
  • 84'
    Yellow Card F. Lucena
  • 84'
    Chance! Suazo shoots with his left foot, Vega fumbles the ball into the path of Valdivia, who shoots towards goal but his effort is cleared off the line
  • 83'
    SubstitutionL. Jiménez C. Muñoz
  • 83'
    Yellow/Red Gary Medel
  • 83'
    RED CARD!! Gary Medel receives his second yellow card for a silly hand-ball, which makes Chile's task even more difficult
  • 81'
    Goal Gabriel Cichero
  • 80'
    Yellow Card Arturo Vidal
  • 79'
    GOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!!! VENEZUELA!! Vidal fouls Fernandez and a free kick is floated into the box. It goes all the way through to Bravo, who fumbles the ball into the path of Cichero, who dispatches the chance from six yards!!! 2-1 to Venezuela with ten minutes remaining
  • 78'
    Venezuela have stemmed the Chile tide slightly, as they have had a bit more possession and territory. That said, Sanchez has a shot, but Vega saves comfortably
  • 77'
    Sanchez plays a lofted through ball looking for Paredes, who strikes the ball on the volley, but the substitute's effort is off target and goes past the post
  • 73'
    Chile are all over Venezuela and are pressing forward looking to take the lead. La Roja have played so much better in the second half
  • 71'
    CHANCE!! Great counter-attack by Chile. A cross field ball by Sanchez sees Suazo through on goal out wide on the right, but his effort lacks power and goes past the right hand upright, with Vega scrambling
  • 70'
    Assist Alexis Sánchez
  • 70'
    Goal H. Suazo
  • 69'
    GOOOAALLLL!!!!!! Suazo!!! The forward scores on his 50th international cap. Great run by Sanchez down the right, who gets to the byline and cuts the ball into the centre to Suazo. The Monterrey frontman takes a touch and daintly chips the ball into the roof of the net off the bar. 1-1
  • 67'
    MUST BE!!! NO! A Valdivia free kick into the box finds Medel unmarked, six yards out, but the defensive midfielder heads striaght at Vega. Should have been 1-1
  • 66'
    Valdivia wips in a free kick, but Vazcarrondo clears for a corner. The resulting set piece comes to nothing, as the same man heads clear
  • 64'
    SubstitutionG. Maldonado L. Seijas
  • 64'
    Chile corner from the right is claimed well by Vega to ease pressure on his side, but Chile's attacking is incesant
  • 62'
    Chile are trying to up the pace of the game, and their urgency is visible. Tidy flick by Jiminez down the left finds Sanchez, but he is disposed by his marker
  • 61'
    SubstitutionGonzalo Jara E. Paredes
  • 60'
    SubstitutionMiku Rondón
  • 60'
    Chile throw on Esteban Parades for Gonzalo Jara, as Claudio Borghi looks to inspire his side to get an equaliser
  • 58'
    CROSSBAR! Sub Valdivia is having a real impact on the game, and his effort beats Vega once more, only to hit the crossbar for the second time in five minutes
  • 56'
    Penalty claim! Sanchez shows neat footwork at the byline to beat Vizcarrondo and goes down under pressure from Perezo, but the ref tells him to get up
  • 55'
    CHANCE!! Suazo swivels in the box and strikes towards goal - his effort beats Vega....... but hits the crossbar! Venezuela are clinging on to their lead
  • 55'
    OFF THE LINE!!! Great work by Suazo and Valivia down the left, clipped ball by the forward into the path of Isla who heads towards goal but it is cleared of the line with Vega helpless
  • 53'
    Chile have had the best of the second half, with periods of possession in the Venezuela half, but Claudio Borghi's side are struggling to find the killer pass
  • 51'
    Chile look to mount pressure as Sanchez forces a corner down the right. Fedor clears however as Venezuela are organised at the back
  • 49'
    Lucena fouls Sanchez to give Chile a chance to swing the ball into the Venezuela box. Poor delivery by Jiminez, with Miku able to head away at the near post
  • 48'
    First chance of the second half. Arango strikes a free kick left footed from 25 yards, but the dipping effort flies over the Chile bar
  • 47'
    Valdivia has replaced Carmona at half time, with Chile looking to add a bit more creativity to their midfield
  • 46'
    SubstitutionCarlos Carmona J. Valdivia
  • 46'
    Contreras flies into a challenge with Arango, and must be careful as he was booked in the first 45 minutes.
  • There are a lot more Chile fans at the game than Venezuelans, but the leading team's supporters celebrate their lead at half time. The sides are out for the second half, which is about to kick-off
  • There hasn't been very many chances in the first 45 minutes, and Borghi will look for his team to come out of the break brightly and play with more urgency
  • Venezuela are looking to make it four upsets in a row, with Peru, Uruguay and Paraguay knocking out Colombia, Argentina and Brazil in the first three quarter finals
  • Venezuela have battled well in midfield and stopped Chile from playing their one touch football. Veteran Arango has led by example, and the side's defence has been regemented and disciplined
  • Borghi will not be happy with his team, who have struggled to keep the ball. Sanchez has looked like a threat, but has been isolated and tightly marked
  • The ref blows his whistle to end a scrappy first half, with Venezuela taking the advantage into the break
  • 45' + 2'
    Yellow Card P. Contreras
  • 45' + 1'
    Contreras is booked for a foul on Fedor close to Chile's right hand side corner flag
  • 44'
    Carmona wins a free kick down the Chile left, which is powered in by Vidal. Isla meets the ball at the near post but a good save by Vega keeps the score at 1-0
  • 42'
    A foul by one of the Venezuela attackers means the resulting free kick comes to nothing, and Chile clear their lines
  • 41'
    Yellow Card Gary Medel
  • 41'
    Miku wins a free kick close to the right corner flag, chasing Ponce down and forcing him into commiting the foul
  • 39'
    Isla and Sanchez combine well to force a Chile corner - the attacker takes the set piece and floats it deep. Ponce tries to reach the ball but it is cleared by Venezuela
  • 37'
    Yellow Card C. González
  • 37'
    Need one touch passing down the right by Venezuela results in an offside decision by the linesman, Chile look wounded by that goal
  • 35'
    Assist J. Arango
  • 35'
    Goal O. Vizcarrondo
  • 34'
    GOOOOOALLLLL!! The resulting free-kick is swung in and defender Vizcarrondo meets the ball with an unstoppable header, that flies into the Chile goal past the hapless Bravo. 1-0 to Venezuela!!!
  • 33'
    Medel is putting himself about in the Chile midfield, but overexerts and fouls Rincon for a Venezuela free-kick.
  • 30'
    Great play by Sanchez, who controls the ball well and sprays a cross field ball to Udinese team-mate Isla. His cross was blocked to force a Chile corner, but the resulting set piece comes to nothing. Sanchez has looked like the only player of quality in the game thusfar
  • 28'
    Claudio Borghi will not be happy with what he has seen so far, as his side have not met the standards showcased in the group stage fixtures
  • 27'
    Yellow Card M. Isla
  • 27'
    Vizcorrondo intercepts the ball well, after meat interchanges between the Chilean midfield and attack, but the Venezuela defender's distribution is lacking
  • 25'
    Chile strike partners Sanchez and Suazo try to link up in the Venezuela penalty area, but the ball is cut out and cleared by one of their defenders
  • 22'
    Jiminez floats a free kick from 45 yards into the Venezuela box, Vega comes out to claim and completely misses it, but the ball goes out for a goal kick
  • 20'
    Scrappy play by both sides, as neither can get the ball down and keep it. Gary Medel has thrown himself into a challenge down the right flank, whilst Suazo has won a free kick following a long ball forward
  • 19'
    Counter attack by Chile ends up in a Venezuela goal kick, as Sanchez could not latch on to an overcooked through ball
  • 15'
    Miku and Vidal become entangled on the ground, with the Venezuela man feigning an injury after the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder bumped him with his knee.
  • 14'
    Thomas Rincon is down injured following a challenge with Carmona, play is stopped
  • 13'
    Solid period of possession and pressure for Venezuela, but the underdogs have not created any gilt-edged chances as yet
  • 12'
    Maldonado sends a Venezuela free kick into the Chilean box, but a foul on goalkeeper Bravo eases pressure
  • 9'
    First chance for Venezuela - Captain Arango picks the ball up from a quick throw in, and shoots from range, but the ball sails wide of Bravo's right hand post
  • 8'
    End to end stuff, with both sides looking to get a grip on the game. Chile forward Sanchez has looked likely so far, with excellent movement off the ball
  • 6'
    Sanchez has another half chance, getting to a cross from the left and heading towards goal - but it was straight at Venezuela keeper Vega
  • 5'
    Chile have started the game the brighter, and have had long spells of possession without looking overly threatening to theie opponents backline
  • 3'
    First chance for Chile. Jiminez swings in a free kick from the far right and Sanchez meets the ball at the near post - but his header was easily saved
  • 1'
    And we are off after a delay. Chile kick off play in their traditional red; Venezuela wear white
  • Team News - Venezuela - Vega; Rosales, Vizcarrondo, Perozo, Cichero; Lucena, Maldonado, Rincon; Arango, Miku, Fedor
  • Team News - Chile - Bravo; Contreras, Ponce, Jara; Isla, Medel, Carmona, Vidal; Jimenez, Sanchez, Suazo.
  • Venezuela will play in white tonight and will be buoyed on by some good results in the group stages
  • The sides are lining up for the anthems, with passion in the faces of the Chileans as they prepare for the game. Chile won their group and are undefeated in the tournament so far - with the likes of Alexis Sanchez in their ranks they go into the game as favourites
  • Both sides will be eyeing competition success following favourites Argentina and Brazil crashing out of the tournament in the knockout rounds
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