Chile got off to the start they wanted in the Copa América with a 2-1 win over Mexico in San Juan today and in the process go to the top of Group C after Peru and Uruguay had drawn 1-1 in their earlier match.
Despite dominating much of proceedings it was la roja who were made to pay for not taking their chances, particularly Alexis Sánchez and Humberto Suazo, who both spurned great opportunities as Néstor Araujo headed home past Claudio Bravo after Chile failed to properly deal with a long ball into the area.
It was much same after the half-time break until Claudio Borghi introduced Esteban Paredes at the expense of Jean Beauseajour after sixty minutes. Seven minutes the substitution had the desired effect as the Colo Colo striker poked home the equaliser after Mexican goalkeeper Luis Michel failed to deal with a Pablo Contreras strike from inside the six yard box. Six minutes later they had the lead their domination deserved as Arturo Vidal powered home a Matias Fernandez corner. The remaining minutes weren’t without their drama but Chile managed to hold on to register only the second win of the tournament.
Chile 2-1 Mexico