Published On: Tue, Jun 30th, 2015

Vargas doubles put Chile in Copa America final after 30 years



SANTIAGO: Chile striker Eduardo Vargas scored two goals for the host nation to defeat arch-rivals Peru 2-1 to qualify for Copa America final first ever in 30 years.

In this controversial Copa America semi-final match between Chile and Peru all three goals came from the foot a Chilean player. Peru played with 10 men for more than 70 minutes in the match after their defender Carlos Zambrano was shown a red card in the 20th minute of the game for a reckless tackle on Charles Aranguiz.


Vargas, who had a miserable season with the English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers scored the opening goal of the match in the 42nd minute of the game to give Chile a 1-0 lead in the semi-final.

The 10-men Peru replied back with a strong attack and registered an equalizer from an own-goal scored by Chilean defender Gary Medel in the 60th minute of the match to draw the score 1-1.

After just four minutes Vargas scored the decider, he scored a brilliant goal from the 30 yards to hit the headlines of every newspaper reporting Copa America. The 25 year-old Chilean scored the winner in the 64th minute of the game to cement the spot in the final for his nation since 1987.

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