Copa America Results 2015: Latest Group Tables, Schedule Post-Chile vs. Ecuador

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2015

Chile's Eduardo Vargas celebrates after scoring against Ecuador during a Copa America Group 1 soccer match at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press

Chile got their 2015 Copa America off to a strong start as they downed Ecuador 2-0 Thursday night in the nation's capital, Santiago.

Given Chile's football history, it seems somewhat surprising they've never captured a Copa America title. They have four runner-up finishes to their name but never lifted the trophy.

Between the strength of La Roja and the fact that they're playing on home soil, this summer seems like a perfect time for Chile to end its dry spell.

Below, you can see how Chile's victory affected the group table and the full list of fixtures for the remainder of the group stage.

Group Tables

Group A
Source: ca2015.com
Group B
Source: ca2015.com
Group C
Source: ca2015.com

Group Stage Fixtures

Time (ET)GroupTeamsLocation
Fri., June 12
7:30 p.m.AMexicoBoliviaVina del Mar
Sat., June 13
3 p.m.BUruguayJamaicaAntofagasta
5:30 p.m.BArgentinaParaguayLa Serena
Sun., June 14
3 p.m.CColombiaVenezuelaRancagua
5:30 p.m.CBrazilPeruTemuco
Mon., June 15
5 p.m.AEcuadorBoliviaValparaiso
7:30 p.m.AChileMexicoSantiago
Tues., June 16
5 p.m.BParaguayJamaicaAntofagasta
7:30 p.m.BArgentinaUruguayLa Serena
Wed., June 17
8 p.m.CBrazilColombiaSantiago
Thurs., June 18
7:30 p.m.CPeruVenezuelaValparaiso
Fri., June 19
5 p.m.AMexicoEcuadorRancagua
7:30 p.m.AChileBoliviaSantiago
Sat., June 20
3 p.m.BUruguayParaguayLa Serena
5:30 p.m.BArgentinaJamaicaVina del Mar
Sun., June 21
3 p.m.CColombiaPeruTemuco
5:30 p.m.CBrazilVenezuelaSantiago
Source: ca2015.com

Thursday Recap

Arturo Vidal put the hosts ahead with a penalty in the 67th minute, and Eduardo Vargas put the game out of reach with Chile's second goal in the 84th minute.

All in all, it wasn't a standout performance from Chile, with their players looking a little nervous in front of a raucous home crowd. Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror thinks the Chileans will be better with their first Copa America match out of the way:

Ed Malyon @eaamalyon

Ecuador were dreadful. Chile not outstanding but didnโ€™t need to be. Nervy first game out the way

While Chile were the better side to start the match, Miller Bolanos' foul on Vidal in the 65th minute was a bit of a lifeline. The Juventus midfielder made the most of the foul, falling comically to the turf. Both Soccer Morning's Jason Davis and Goal's Ives Galarcep argued that Vidal's histrionics didn't change the fact that it was a clear penalty:

Jason Davis, The โšฝ๐Ÿ“ป Maker @davisjsn

It's a penalty, but Vidal going down is kinda comical.

Ives Galarcep @SoccerByIves

PENALTY! Ecuador whistled for a foul. Soft one but Miller Bolanos has to know he canโ€™t put his hands on Vidal in the penalty area.

Vargas doubled Chile's lead 17 minutes later after getting on the end of a nice pass from Alexis Sanchez. The Napoli winger calmly side-footed his shot into the bottom right corner.

The difference between the two teams was clear in the final statistics. Chile had 66.4 percent possession and four shots on target. Ecuador could only muster a solitary shot on goal.

Although Chile supporters have plenty of reasons to be happy with their team's performance, a few things will be worth monitoring going forward.

Matias Fernandez will be suspended for Chile's next game after picking up a red card in the third minute of stoppage time. Since he was only used as a substitute Thursday night, his absence might not be a big blow to Chile's chances against Mexico.

In addition, Vidal might have carried a slight knock into the Ecuador match, per football writer Juan Arango:

Vidal is one of the tone-setters in the Chile starting lineup. If he's not 100 percent at any point in the tournament, then that could be bad news.

Since three teams can advance out of the group to the knockout stages, Chile is still in a great position to make it to the quarterfinals. Looking at Mexico's pretty slow back line, the hosts could feast offensively in their next match.

Meanwhile, Ecuador will get Bolivia in their next fixture, which is a great time for them to get their first win.ย 


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