Argentina stroll, Chile advance to q-finals
ARGENTINA maintained their 100 per cent start to the Copa America Centenario with an easy win over Bolivia while holders Chile booked their place in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
The tournament favourites, already assured of a quarter-final berth after wins over Chile and Panama, wrapped up their Group D campaign with a one-sided win at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.
The victory sees Argentina reach the last eight as group winners, handing them what, in theory, should be a straightforward assignment against Venezuela in Foxborough on Saturday.
The match was effectively settled within the first quarter of an hour, with Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela opening the scoring with a deflected free-kick in the 13th minute.
Two minutes later, China-based forward Ezequiel Lavezzi marked his comeback from injury with a goal, volleying home from close range after Gonzalo Higuain's downward header.
Central defender Victor Cuesta made it 3-0 just after the half-hour, diverting home Lavezzi's low cross in the 32nd minute.
In Tuesday's other game, Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas both scored twice as Chile advanced with a 4-2 victory over Panama.
Chile recovered from the shock of falling behind to a Miguel Camargo goal after only five minutes, with Vargas scoring twice before Arsenal's Sanchez grabbed a third in the Group D game.
The latter added his second in the 89th minute to complete the scoring.
Chile will now face Mexico in the pick of the quarter-finals on Saturday.