Chile set up Copa final with Argentina

Defending champions Chile made short work of Colombia in their rain-delayed Copa America Centenario semi-final in Chicago on Wednesday, racing into an early lead to set up a repeat decider with Argentina.

The start of the second half was delayed by more than two hours as a storm rained down on Soldier Field, but Chile had already done most of the hard work early in the first half.

A breathless Chile struck in just the seventh minute, a cross from the right came into the box and Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado inexplicably headed the ball back across goal.

Charles Aranguiz was there to volley it past keeper David Ospina as the Colombian defence stood and looked at each other.

Chile increased their lead just four minutes later when Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez wriggled free from the attentions of a defender and smashed a low shot off the inside of the post.

The ball rebounded invitingly into the path of Jose Fuenzalida who tapped it into the empty net.

Colombia threatened to get back into the game on a couple of occasions, most notably when Carlos Sanchez hit a dipping shot that was palmed away by Claudio Bravo.

Any chance Colombia had of getting back into the game all but vanished in the 57th minute when Sanchez was sent off for a second yellow card.

The win sets up a repeat of last year’s Copa America final that saw Chile beat Argentina on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

Given the number of goals scored by Argentina and Chile during the tournament this time around it will be a surprise if Sunday’s final at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium ends in the same manner.

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