Copa America roundup: Chile, Mexico play to thrilling 3-3 draw; Bolivia’s first CA win in 18 years

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A quick, comprehensive roundup of Monday’s 2015 Copa America action, featuring the second round of games in Group A. Two games, 11 goals scored — soccer insanity in South America, just like we like it.

Chile 3-3 Mexico

Though Monday’s late game had much to live up to in order to top the day’s early game, Chile and Mexico did their part in a game which could have easily had eight goals or more, if not for poor refereeing decisions and a bit more finishing touch one inch this way or the other.

Matias Vuoso scored the first of six goals in El Tri‘s 3-3 draw with hosts Chile. Vuoso turned home Juan Carlos Medina’s cut-back pass inside the penalty area, beating Claudio Bravo in the 21st minute. A minute later, Arturo Vidal equalized for La Roja when he rose above the pack and headed home Charles Aranguiz’s floated corner kick (below video).

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Raul Jimenez put Mexico back in the lead just seven minutes later, when he put his head on the end of Adrian Aldrete’s near-post corner kick service. Jimenez looped a header just under the crossbar and inside the near post (below video), beating the outstretched Bravo once again. Eduardo Vargas answered back and equalized once again with a header of his own in the 42nd minute, turning home Vidal’s pinpoint cross to the penalty spot.

Vidal contributed his third goal of the game 10 minutes into the second half, when he was taken down inside the penalty and won his side a spot kick. Vidal stepped up and converted from the spot himself. The Chileans’ lead was short-lived, though, as Vuoso bagged his second of the game when he poked home Aldrete’s cutting long ball over the top (below video) to draw the game level at 3-3.

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez netted what looked to be a possible Chilean winner in the 80th minute, only to see his finish from close range ruled out by a poor offside call.

Chile remain on top of Group A, a goal ahead of Bolivia on goal differential, while Mexico currently occupy third place with two points from two games.



Ecuador 2-3 Bolivia

Bolivia picked up their first Copa America victory since 1997 when they knocked off Ecuador, 3-2, in the first game of the day. El Verde raced out to a 3-0 halftime lead before watching their three-goal advantage shrink and nearly disappear completely in the final 45 minutes.

Ronald Raldes opened the scoring with a diving header after five minutes. Martin Smedberg-Dalence doubled the lead with a blast (below video) from more than 20 yards out 13 minutes later, and Marcelo Moreno converted from the penalty spot — something West Ham United’s Ecuadorian forward Enner Valencia couldn’t do a second time (encroachment into the box) just minutes earlier — to make the score 3-0 just before the halftime whistle.

Ecuador’s comeback began shortly after halftime, though, when Valencia slotted home into an open net following a perfect cross from Jefferson Montero. Miller Bolaños cut the lead down once more in the 81st minute, when he hammered a curling, dipping shot past the goalkeeper (below video) from 25 yards out.

With Monday’s victory, Bolivia (4 points), who currently sit second in Group A, are all but through to the quarterfinal round of the tournament for the first time since 1997 as just one third-place team (of which two of three advance) currently has more than one point (Mexico).

Predicting the rest of the Women’s World Cup

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The Women’s World Cup is into the final eight, with seven of the eight teams hailing from Europe.

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The lone outlier is some team from North America who may or may not have won the last World Cup and can become the first team to win four of the things.

Who thinks they will? Our staff weighs in on the matter below.


Joe Prince-Wright

Quarterfinals
England defeats Norway
France defeats USA
Netherlands defeats Italy
Germany defeats Sweden

Semifinals
England v. France
Netherlands v. Germany 

Final
France defeats Germany
Wendie Renard of France celebrates with teammates (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Nicholas Mendola

Quarterfinals
England defeats Norway
USA defeats France
Italy defeats Netherlands
Germany defeats Sweden

Semifinals
USA defeats England
Germany defeats Italy 

Final
USA defeats Germany

Andy Edwards

Quarterfinals
England
defeats Norway
France defeats USA
Italy defeats Netherlands
Germany defeats Sweden

Semifinals
France
defeats England
Germany defeats Italy

Final
Germany defeats France

Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany  (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Dan Karell
Quarterfinals
England defeats Norway
USA defeats France
Netherlands defeats Italy
Germany defeats Sweden
Semifinals
USA defeats England
Netherlands defeats GermanyFinal
USA defeats Netherlands

Kyle Bonn

Quarterfinals
England
defeats Norway
France defeats USA
Netherlands defeats Italy
Germany defeats Sweden

Semifinals
France
defeats England
Germany defeats Italy

Final
France defeats Germany

WATCH: Stoppage time missile earns Curacao draw with Jamaica

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This Gold Cup isn’t short on drama.

A day after Haiti stunned Costa Rica to win Group B, it was Curacao’s turn to up the ante.

Needing a point to stay alive for a knockout round berth, Jurien Gaari ripped a stoppage time rocket into the back of the goal to defy Andre Blake and Jamaica a win and the Group C crown (at least for a couple of hours).

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Shamar Nicholson had given the Reggae Boyz a 14th minute lead, but Jamaica couldn’t find a second goal.

If Honduras beats El Salvador in the business end of the doubleheader in Los Angeles, Curacao will finish second in the group and advance to face either the USMNT or Panama.

If El Salvador manages a draw or win, well, at least Curacao will have this wonder from RKC Waalwijk’s right back:

AFCON wrap: Pote’s beauty helps Benin draw Ghana; Cameroon wins

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All 24 teams at the Africa Cup of Nations have a match in the books as of Tuesday, and we’ve got another tournament surprise.

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Having already seen Uganda upset the Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar draw Guinea, this one came when Ghana met Benin.

It was aided by a red card to Ghana, but the 88th ranked Les Écureuils (Squirrels) of Benin managed a result.


Cameroon 2-0 Guinea-Bissau

Scoreless at halftime, Cameroon saw Yaya Banana and Stephane Bahoken score three minutes apart to give the Indomitable Lions the Group F lead on Day One of group play.

Ghana 2-2 Benin

Mickael Pote scored first and last, giving Benin a valuable point against 10-man Ghana.

The Black Stars went behind in the second minute on Pote’s first, only to get Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew goals on either side of halftime to build a lead of their own.

But John Boye took a 54th minute red card and Pote potted his second nine minutes later to give Benin an early Group F bonus.

How about this sweep behind the leg?

David Silva will make 10th season his last as Man City

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David Silva says his 10th season at Manchester City will be his last with the Etihad Stadium set.

“It completes the cycle,” he said in a press conference this week. “It’s a nice round figure. I can never see myself playing against City for another team. So 10 years – that’s it.”

Silva turns 34 in January, and posted 10 goals and 14 assists in 50 appearances for Pep Guardiola‘s men last season.

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All told, he enters this one-year contract with 396 appearances for City, scoring 71 goals with 129 assists. He’s won the Premier League four times, the FA Cup twice, and the League Cup four times.

He was last capped by Spain at the 2018 World Cup, where he’s scored 37 times in 129 caps. He’s also played with Valencia and Celta Vigo in his native country.

The news comes less than a week after a fellow Spanish legend, Fernando Torres, announced his retirement.

But Silva seems like he’s got a bit more in the tank. Could he be one of the big names matched with Inter Miami for 2020? Or might he follow Xavi’s route to the Middle East?