June 14, 2016
Eduardo Vargas and Alexis Sanchez each scored twice and Chile advanced to the quarterfinals of the Copa America with a 4-2 victory over Panama on Tuesday at Philadelphia.
Chile (2-1-0), which finished second to Argentina in Group D, will face Mexico in the knockout round Saturday in Santa Clara. Panama (1-2-0) was eliminated.
Miguel Camargo gave Panama the lead in the fifth minute with a shot that deflected off Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. Vargas equalized 10 minutes later on a rebound off an Alexis Sanchez shot.
The Hoffenheim striker added his second goal with a header just before halftime, and Sanchez scored in the 50th and 90th minute. Abdiel Arroyo scored for Panama in the 75th.
Defending Copa America champion Chile had several other scoring chances, including an Arturo Vidal header saved by Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo in the first half
Argentina 3, Bolivia 0: Erik Lamela and Ezequiel Lavezzi scored two minutes apart early in the first half, Victor Cuesta scored his first international goal later in the half and Argentina, the only 3-0 team at Copa America, wrapped up first place in Group D with Lionel Messi playing only the second half.
Argentina will face Venezuela in the quarterfinals Saturday at Foxborough, Mass.
Messi had his most extensive action since his Barcelona beat Sevilla to win the Copa del Rey on May 22.
Argentina is in search of its first major international title since winning the Copa America in 1993.
Brazil fires coach
Brazil Coach Dunga was fired in the wake of the team’s elimination from the Copa America. Gilmar Rinaldi, the team’s general manager, was also fired.
Dunga was the captain of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup-winning team, and previously coached the national team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was dismissed after Brazil lost in the quarterfinals to the Netherlands.