Critical points are on the line Friday as the second edition of Group D play begins at the 2016 Copa America.
Chile was set to meet Bolivia in a must-win match for both sides. Argentina will look to secure its spot atop the group with a showdown against Panama.
Panama could be in prime position to advance should it earn at least a point against the Argentines.
Here is the schedule for Friday, the upcoming matches, updated group standings and a breakdown of the night's action:
|2016 Copa America Results and Schedule|
|Friday, June 10||Location||Score|
|Bolivia vs. Chile||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts||2-1 Chile|
|Argentina vs. Panama||Soldier Field, Chicago||5-0 Argentina|
|Saturday, June 11||Location||Time (ET)|
|Paraguay vs. USA||Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia||7 p.m.|
|Colombia vs. Costa Rica||NRG Stadium, Houston||9 p.m.|
|2016 Copa America Standings|
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Colombia (6 Points)||Brazil (4 Points)||Mexico (6 Points)||Argentina (6 Points)|
|USA (3 Points)||Peru (4 Points)||Venezuela (6 Points)||Chile (3 Points)|
|Paraguay (1 Point)||Ecuador (2 Points)||Jamaica (0 Points)||Panama (3 Points)|
|Costa Rica (1 Point)||Haiti (0 Points)||Uruguay (0 Points)||Bolivia (0 Points)|
Bolivia vs. Chile
Chile pulled out a wild 2-1 win thanks to a penalty tally in stoppage time Friday.
With Chile facing severe pressure, the team received a huge hand-ball call. Univision provided a look at the deciding goal by Arturo Vidal:
Chile dominated the match from the onset, consistently holding possession in Bolivia's defensive third of the field.
The Chileans were unable to find the back of the net in the first half as they threw numerous crosses into the box. Bolivia's defense was strong, but its forwards were ineffective because much of the team was hesitant to attack for fear of a Chilean counter.
The second half looked like a different match.
Bolivia was more aggressive, which opened up the field for both teams. Vidal struck first, as he slotted home a beautiful pass from Mauricio Pinilla, courtesy of Univision:
Chile continued to push Bolivia, but the game changed when Jhasmani Campos entered in the 58th minute.
Bolivia was able to control the ball more as Campos pushed the pace from midfield. The effort culminated in a remarkable free kick by Campos, courtesy of Univision:
It is tough to hit a more perfect free kick from that range, as this was likely the goal of the tournament thus far.
Fox Sports' Rob Stone thought so:
Chile recovered nicely, as it regained its rhythm and again dominated the match. It had a few opportunities to take the lead shortly after Bolivia's goal, but none more close than this bad bounce in front of the Bolivian goal, courtesy of Univision:
The defending Copa America champions put on a strong performance, and they were finally rewarded with a controversial call. Chile finished the game with an 18-3 shot advantage while holding a staggering 75 percent the possession.
The win revitalized Chile's chances to advance, as points against Panama on June 14 could secure a spot in the next round.
Bolivia is likely done, as even a monumental upset over Argentina may not save it. Still, it was a great effort Friday by an outclassed Bolivian team.
Argentina vs. Panama
Argentina established itself as the tournament favorite with its thorough 5-0 win over Panama. Friday marked the return of Lionel Messi, who entered in the second half and notched a hat-trick.
The Argentines have now defeated Chile and Panama in its first two matches, which is best tournament resume of any squad in the Copa America.
It was clear from the opening kick-off that Argentina was the dominant team, as it came out flying in the game's opening minutes.
Nicolas Otamendi proceeded to put his team ahead for good early in the game, courtesy of Univision:
Argentina continued to control the ball and smother Panama during the sparse possession it created. Making matters worse was a red card given to Panama's Anibal Godoy in the 31st minute, which pretty much sealed his team's fate.
The real excitement came in the second half, as Messi made his much-anticipated debut at the 2016 Copa America. He did not wait long to make an impact, as Bleacher Report noted:
His first came on some slick touch-passes outside of the box, courtesy of Univision:
Messi's next tally came on brilliant free kick, which the superstar pinpointed into the upper right corner of the net, courtesy of Univision:
Just for good measure, Messi dribbled through the Panama defense to cap off an impressive appearance, courtesy of Univision:
Sergio Aguero added another goal in stoppage time.
If Messi can play with this type of fire for the rest of the tournament, nobody will beat Argentina. The team is loaded with offensive firepower that is unmatched in this competition, and possibly the world.
Panama will need a victory over Chile to advance. A draw will not do, as the minus-five goal differential in this match puts the team in a must-win situation. Unless Panama shores up its defense, Chile should be able to earn a win.
Statistics are courtesy of CA2016.com.