The quarter-finals of the Copa America kicked off Wednesday night with the defending champions, Uruguay, facing the hosts, Chile.
Chile made the quarter-finals by winning Group A while Uruguay placed as a top-two, third-place team to qualify for the quarters. Here's a look at the updated quarter-finals schedule and a look at Chile and Uruguay's match.
|2015 Copa America: Quarter-final Schedule|
|Thursday, June 25||7:30 p.m.||Bolivia||vs.||Peru|
|Friday, June 26||7:30 p.m.||Argentina||vs.||Colombia|
|Saturday, June 27||5:30 p.m.||Paraguay||vs.||Brazil|
Chile 1, Uruguay 0
The hosts knocked out the defending champions in a 1-0 victory. It is the first time Chile have defeated Uruguay in the Copa America since 1983.
Early Uruguayan pressure disappeared as soon as Chile found their feet. Eduardo Vargas sent a scissor-kick high over the goal in the eighth minute.
Chile's midfield controlled play, especially Jorge Valdivia, who provided calm play under Uruguayan pressure.
Alexis Sanchez had a chance at the far post in the 33rd minute as a cross was able to find his head, but his attempt went just wide. Four minutes later, Arturo Vidal's chance was well-saved by Uruguayan 'keeper Fernando Muslera.
Emotions were high, and play was chippy throughout the first half. The official issued four yellow cards, two to each side. He issued one of those cards to Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, who was not finished with trouble. Freelancing soccer writer Graham Ruthven knew this match was going to get ugly.
The game opened up in the second half as end-to-end action for a 15-minute spell brought a fast and furious pace to the match.
But in the 63rd minute, Cavani was shown off the pitch for his second yellow card after he slapped Gonzalo Jara in the face. It appeared Jara placed his hand in an inappropriate manner on Cavani's backside, prompting the slap. But the official only saw Cavani's actions, and Uruguay were down a man for the rest of the match.
Upon Cavani's exit, Uruguay stepped back to play more of a defensive role as Chile upped the pressure to look for a winner.
Their breakthrough came in the 81st minute when Muslera was able to punch a cross away from his goal, but only to Valdivia, who laid it off for Mauricio Isla. Isla cannoned a shot into the bottom-right corner to give Chile the lead.
Uruguay's 10 became nine in the 88th minute when Jorge Fucile was shown his second yellow card of the match for a challenge on Alexis.
Eight minutes of added time almost gave Chile a second goal, but Muslera denied Vidal. Chile outshot Uruguay 15-6, including a 9-2 advantage in shots from inside the box. Chile will take on the winner of Thursday's quarter-final between Bolivia and Peru.
Stats courtesy of ca2015.com.