The group stage is over. Chile and Argentina were the two top nations that went through the group stage undefeated as both teams had two wins and a draw to top their groups. Paraguay also stayed undefeated after one win and two draws in Argentina’s group. Here’s a full roundup of Matchday 3.
Chile crushed Bolivia 5-0 to end up on top of the group with 7 points. The result also helped out the Chileans goal difference as they end the group stage with 10 goals scored and three allowed. Another positive for Chile was the fact that three different players scored in the win over Bolivia with Charles Aranguiz scoring twice and Alexis Sanchez and Gary Medel getting one each. The last goal was an own goal by Bolivian defender Ronald Raldes. The result wasn’t a good one for Bolivia, but they still ended in second place in Group A and will go through to the quarterfinals where they will take on Peru. Chile will take on Uruguay.
Ecuador got their first and only win of the tournament with a 2-1 win over Mexico. Miller Bolanos opened up the scoring for the Ecuadorians in the 26th minute after he tapped in the ball from just a yard out after a great ball by Enner Valencia. Bolanos would then return the favor as he assisted on Valencia’s 2-0 goal in the 57th minute. Valencia got a partial breakaway and slotted the ball into the back of the net from inside the penalty area. Mexico failed to win a single game and ended up bottom of the group.
Standing Group A (teams in bold are through to the quarterfinals):
- Chile 7pts
- Bolivia 4pts
- Ecuador 3pts
- Mexico 2pts
Gonzalo Higuain scored the lone goal in Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Jamaica. The Napoli striker has been in fine form for his club side this season and scored 18 league goals. He has been rumored to be heading to a bigger club as Napoli missed out on the Champions League, and a game-winning goal in the Copa America will surely add to the rumors.
Higuain’s goal came in the 11th minute, when he showed some great ball handling skills as he received the ball by the penalty spot, spun around and hit the ball into the back of the net. Higuain almost added a second in the 22nd minute, but his shot was denied by the post. Jamaica stood up well in all their games but lost three straight by the score of 1-0.
Uruguay and Paraguay played a 1-1 draw at the Estadio La Portada de La Serena in La Serena. It was a result that put both nations into the quarterfinals. Jose Gimenez gave Uruguay the lead in the 29th minute with a header, but Lucas Barrios tied it up right before halftime. Uruguay created a lot more scoring chances but had trouble getting the shots on target. Paraguay will take on Brazil and Uruguay will go up against Chile on Wednesday.
Group B Standings (teams in bold are through to the quarterfinals):
- Argentina 7pts
- Paraguay 5pts
- Uruguay 4pts
- Jamaica 0pts
Things were all squared in Group C heading into the final group games, with all teams on three points. Colombia took on Peru, and despite having some excellent scoring opportunities, the game ended in a scoreless draw. It’s was a result that benefited both nations as they will head to the quarterfinals. Brazil won 2-1 over Venezuela.
Thiago Silva opened up the scoring after just nine minutes. Brazil who are without Neymar who was handed a four-game ban for the incident after the game against Colombia. He was replaced in the lineup by Robinho who stood for the assist on Silva’s goal. Silva met Robinho’s corner perfectly with a right footed volley that rocketed into the back of the net. Roberto Firmino made it 2-0 Brazil in the 51st minute. Venezuela got one on the board in the 84th minute after a header by Miku, but it was too late to mount a comeback as the Brazilians held on for the group win.
Group C Standings (teams in bold are through to the quarterfinals):
- Brazil 6pts
- Peru 4pts
- Colombia 4pts
- Venezuela 3pts