Juan Carlos Osorio enjoyed a lengthy honeymoon period after taking over as manager of the Mexican national team last October — the 55-year-old Colombian went unbeaten (9 wins, 1 draw) in his first nine months in charge.
Even with that, Osorio’s probably won’t have a job when the sun comes up on Sunday after Mexico were beaten, dismantled and embarrassed by Chile, to the tune of 7-0, Saturday night in the fourth and final quarterfinal of the 2016 Copa America Centenario.
Chile jumped all over Mexico from the opening whistle, pressing high up the field and launching quick counter-attacks with little resistance. The early onslaught paid off in the 16th minute, when Marcelo Diaz fired a shot from outside of the box, saved by Guillermo Ochoa, but spilled into the path of Edson Puch, who calmly slotted home the rebound for a 1-0 Chile lead.
It went from bad to worse for Mexico with the halftime reprieve within reach. Eduardo Vargas had already been denied a goal by the offside rule nine minutes earlier, but the Hoffenheim striker was far more fortunate the second time around. Alexis Sanchez worked a half-yard of space down the left flank and picked out Vargas at the penalty spot, where his first touch put him all alone in the six-yard box for an easy finish.
The bad news for Chile in the first half: Arturo Vidal was shown his second yellow card of the tournament (cautions reset after the quarterfinals), which means he’ll miss La Roja‘s semifinal clash with Colombia.
The second half began just like the first half ended: badly for Mexico, and with Chile scoring. Alexis Sanchez finished for 3-0 after Arturo Vidal won the ball deep in Mexico’s defensive third and played the Arsenal attacked into all kinds of space near the penalty spot. Then, Chile scored a fourth, somehow easier than the goal that came four minutes before it.
Chile scored again, this time taking five minutes between goals. Vargas bagged his third of the game, the first hat trick and the 28th, 29th and 30th goals of his international career.
Vargas had never scored an international hat trick before Saturday night, meaning he’d never scored four goals in an international game before. Check it off the list. Chile continued to chase the game, and Puch bagged his second of the night in the 88th minute, completing an exhausting night of scoring.
Chile will face Colombia in the second semifinal Wednesday night (8 p.m.) in Chicago, Ill.