Fans have been treated to some very entertaining soccer to begin the Copa America in Chile. Favorites have stumbled and the goals started pouring in for the teams in Group A. Here’s a recap of all the action from Matchday 2.
Bolivia came out flying against Ecuador on Monday as the second round of games started. Ronald Raldes scored in the fifth minute to give the Bolivians the lead. Martin Smedberg-Dalence made it 2-0 after 18 minutes. Ecuador was awarded a penalty in the 36 minute, but failed to capitalize. Instead it was Bolivia that would take advantage from the spot as Marcelo Moreno made it 3-0 before halftime as the Bolivians also got a penalty kick.
Ecuador made things interesting in the second half as they first got one back in the 48th minute through Enner Valencia. Things really heated up in the 81st minute when Miller Bolanos made it 2-3, but the Bolivians managed to hold on and grab the three points. With two losses in two games, Ecuador can’t make it to the next round.
Chile and Mexico played a great game that ended in a 3-3 draw. It was a free-flowing attacking game with both teams going for the win. Vicente Matias Vuoso gave the Mexicans the lead in the 21st minute. It only took about a minute before things were level again as Arturo Vidal tied the game up at 1-1 with header.
The action continued and Raul Jimenez put the Mexicans back in the lead in the 29th minute. But, before the ref blew for halftime, Eduardo Vargas had tied things up again.
Chile then took their first lead of the game after Vidal got his second goal of the game. Vidal converted on a penalty given in the 54th minute. Then it was the Mexico’s time to tie things up as Vuoso scored his second of the game to make it 3-3 in the 66th minute.
Standings Group A:
- Chile 4pts
- Bolivia 4pts
- Mexico 2pts
- Ecuador 0pts
Just like in Group A, it’s a three-team race in Group B for the win. Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay all have the chance to win the group after two games. Paraguay took a 1-0 win over Jamaica. Edgar Benitez scored the lone goal of the game in the 36th minute.
Paraguay dominated the game from start to finish and could have easily won by a bigger margin, but Duwayne Kerr played well in the Jamaican net. Paraguay had six shots on target against Jamaica’s one.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) kept up his scoring form as Argentina took a 1-0 victory over Uruguay. Aguero was the top scorer in the Premier League this past season, and now has two goals in two games in the Copa America.
Uruguay had a couple of opportunities, but the Argentinians did a good job keeping the ball, and bounced back after a disappointing 2-2 draw with Paraguay in the first game.
Standings Group B:
- Argentina 4pts
- Paraguay 4pts
- Uruguay 3pts
- Jamaica 0pts
Brazil had a tough time against Peru in the first game, and things went even worse in the second game as they lost 1-0 against Colombia. The big news aside from the loss is that Neymar got sent off after a scrum after the final whistle. He will miss the next game for Brazil, who will now have to prove that they can win without their talisman striker. Carlos Bacca got sent off for Colombia as well in the aftermath of that scrum.
Jeison Murillo scored the only goal of the game in the first half and sent the Colombian fans in the stands to float on clouds after the game. The win was Colombia’s first over Brazil in the Copa America in 24 years.
Unlike the other groups, all four teams in Group C have the opportunity to go through. Veteran striker Claudio Pizarro scored the only goal as Peru pulled off a 1-0 win over Venezuela. That means that all four teams sits with three points after two games. Peru go up against Colombia on Sunday, and Brazil will play Venezuela.
Standings Group C:
- Brazil 3pts
- Peru 3pts
- Venezuela 3pts
- Colombia 3pts