Rain no dampener as Chile storm into final again
CHILE beat Colombia 2-0 in the Copa America semi-final on Wednesday after surviving a tumultuous match in Chicago that was halted for more than two hours due to a torrential rain storm.
Chile were already two goals up at half-time but the second half was delayed as an electrical storm powered towards Soldier Field and drenched the stadium with rain.
The teams came back to a waterlogged pitch and Colombia, who had a man sent off early in the second period, could not reduce the deficit.
"We played well but Chile are a very strong side," Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado said after the final whistle.
"We thought a comeback was possible but sometimes things don't work out like you want."
The result takes Chile into a mouth-watering final against Argentina in New Jersey on Sunday. The game will be a repeat of last year's final in Santiago that the host nation won on penalties.
The reigning champions came into the game on a high after beating Mexico 7-0 and took only six minutes to make their mark again.
Former Chelsea midfielder Cuadrado misdirected a header across his own goal straight to Charles Aranguiz and the Leverkusen midfielder had the straightforward task of sidefooting past goalie David Ospina.
Chile doubled their lead four minutes later after an Alexis Sanchez shot rebounded off the post into the path of Jose Pedro Fuenzalida.
With Ospina beaten, the Universidad Catolica full-back scored one of the easiest goals of his career by sidefooting into the empty net.
The Andean side will play hosts United States in the third-fourth place play-off tomorrow.