Chile bid farewell to the 2024 Copa America with a 0-0 draw against Canada

Chile bid farewell to the 2024 Copa America with a 0-0 draw against Canada

The Chile national team In the last match of Group A at the Inter&Co Stadium in Florida, USA, he took to the field with confidence and intent to add to the win against Canada. America's CupBut he bowed out of the match without going above 0-0.

The win is the only result La Roja can look forward to to qualify for the quarter-finals, as in their other clash in the group, they face Argentina Peru, where the Inca side also advance as favorites to win.

Chile made two changes from the defeat against the Albiceleste, with Gabriel Arias in goal for Claudio Bravo, Marcelino Nunez for Erik Bulger in midfield and Guillermo Mariban for Paulo Díaz at the back.

The early stages were marked by two controversial decisions by referee Wilmar Roldan. What happened after the first four minutes, Rodrigo Echevarria fell inside his own area, the result of a clear elbow by a Canadian, but neither the referee nor the VAR realized it.

Then, on 11 minutes, defender Gabriel Suazo was rightly cautioned for a strong tackle, however, after a quarter of an hour he was sent off for a double yellow, in a questionable decision by the Colombian referee.

Due to the sending off, Tomas Caldames stepped in for Dario Osorio before the half-hour mark. With the idea of ​​reorganizing the defense due to the departure of the Toulouse winger.

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Goalkeeper Gabriel Arias played a key role in a game before the break, where he twice thwarted the North American attackers' immediate goal-scoring action. So they went into the break goalless from either side.

In the second half, technical assistant Sergio Santin replaced suspended coach Ricardo Gareca with two changes on the field: Marcos Bolados for Eduardo Vargas in attack and Eric Bulger for Neuss in the middle zone.

La Roja, with less than an hour already played, felt the effort and their visits rained down some crosses in the area or Alexis Sanchez's balls found Victor Davies and Polados in more advanced positions.

In a last glimmer of hope, Santin sent on Ben Brereton with 15 minutes remaining, but neither his effort nor that of his teammates was enough to beat the goal which was saved by Maxime Crepeau.

Thus, Chile finished third in Group A with two points, ahead of Argentina with 9 points and Canada with 4 points. Peru, for its part, remained at the bottom with just one draw and two defeats, and also ended its participation in the Copa America 2024.

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