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Copa America: Bloodbath in Santa Clara for Mexico


It was lining up to be one of the best knockout stage matches of the cup: Mexico vs Chile. Two reigning champions of their regions were going to battle it out in house of the San Francisco 49ers.

But, what happened was anything but a battle. Chile took the field, and Mexico looked like it left itself back in Houston.

Chile scored early in the 16th minute when Edson Puch scored his first national team goal off a deflection from Memo Ochoa’s gloves. Mexico tried to get back into the match from that point, but nothing was connecting. Even worse, Eduardo Vargas netted (his first of 4) to put Chile up, 2-0, at half. Vargas went on to earn Chile’s first hat-trick at Copa America since 1955.


Photo by: Jorge Galvez for The Stoppage Time


Photo by: Jorge Galvez for The Stoppage Time

It was the absolute definition of a nightmare for Mexico in the second half. Chile began scoring at total will. It was a replay of the GermanyBrazil hammering in the 2014 World Cup, but even Brazil managed to score at least one goal.

Chile would go on to score five…yes, you read correctly, five more goals. The friendly Mexico won a few weeks ago looked to be some sort of sick joke for Mexico fans, because the team that showed up in Northern California got run off the pitch in the worst way possible.

It would be very difficult to see Juan Carlos Osorio keep his job after the worst loss in Mexican history. A year run of going undefeated was thrown into the trash bin, and Mexico’s confidence heading forward could not be in a worse state. His record with the national team is 9-1-1 and El Tri’s 22-game unbeaten streak is no more.

“I think I was wrong in everything,” Osorio told reporters. “Defensively we were very fragile. It was an extraordinary performance from their players like [Arturo] Vidal and Alexis [Sanchez].


Photo by: Jorge Galves for The Stoppage Time


Photo by: Jorge Galvez for The Stoppage Time

Chile looks to be a very dangerous with a joint tournament-high 14 goals and a very talented squad, but almost no one could’ve predicted this.

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