The Copa America 2015 so far has been a roller coaster of emotions both on and off field. Unfortunate incidents like Chile’s Vidal being caught drinking and driving and meeting with a fatal accident, to Paraguay’s hero Derlis Gonzales having lost his uncle while celebrating his winning goal against Brazil. None the less, the matches have been exciting and even drab and dull at some times. However now that the penultimate stages are to be fought, all eyes would be on the players.
It was Chile against Peru in the first semi-final, and Chile played up to everybody’s expectations. Peru were one man down, after their defender Carlos Zambrano was caught in a horrific mistiming of his follow through in the 20th minute. Chile took the lead through Vargas who netted in from a Sanchez cross. The Incas were furious as the replays showed that Vargas was offside. Peru fought back brilliantly and had a goal to their name, with Medel trying to clear the ball, but struck it in his own net.But their joy was cut short four minutes later, as Vargas doubled his tally, with a scintillating shot dipping the ball from 25 yards. The ball was beyond reach for Peru’s Goalkeeper Gallese. Sanchez had a chance to increase the lead, but his shot nicked the top of the bar.
The hosts Chile have now finally reached the final after a gap of 28 years, and will be desperate to win their first ever Copa America, despite having contested it since the beginning, 99 years ago. In the other semifinal Argentina take on current tournament’s giant killer Paraguay who edged out Brazil in a nerve touching thriller at Concepcion. Every neutral spectator would be hoping that it doesn’t come down to their last fixture where both the sides drew the match 2-2. Argentina are the tournament favorites but the one thing their coach Gerardo Martino would be looking to solve is the lack luster in the number of goals the players have scored, especially Messi. All eyes are now on tournament favorites Argentina and world’s top player Messi to lift this silverware, all the more after their loss to Germany in the World Cup final a year ago.