Chile and Peru ended in a goalless draw in their opener

Chile and Peru, both with two titles each, drew 0-0 in their opening match of the 2024 Copa América at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

SoccerDino, Website Writer
Published: 11:24, 22 Jun 2024

Chile and Peru, two teams with two titles each in the competition, canceled each other out in their debut match of the 2024 Copa América at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

In the second match of the first round of Group A, the Chileans and Peruvians showed great will and determination, providing an intense game, but the attacks rarely had the skill to overcome the defenses, resulting in few opportunities.

The "professor" Alexis Sánchez had the best chance for Chile and of the game but wasted it in the 16th minute, while Peruvian Gianluca Lapadula also failed to shoot effectively from an excellent position in the 57th minute.

With this draw - in a group where, like in the other three, only the top two advance to the quarterfinals - Chile and Peru are tied in second place, two points behind defending champion Argentina, who beat Canada 2-0.

The Peruvians, champions in 1939 and 1975, have passed the group stage in the last 10 editions, last falling in 1995, while the Chileans, winners in 2015 and 2016, have made it past the group stage six times in a row since 2007.

In the second round, scheduled for Tuesday, Peru faces Canada in Kansas City, and Chile takes on Argentina in East Rutherford.

The first quarter-hour was played away from the goals, but Chile took command and, in the 16th minute, had a great chance to score, but Alexis Sánchez, unmarked, shot over the bar from a cross by Dávila from the left.

The Inter Milan player, Chile's leader in appearances (164) and goals (51), shot over again in the 29th minute, while Peru only created danger with a header by Miguel Araujo in the 43rd minute, following a free-kick by Peña that Claudio Bravo saved.

In the second half, the first chance went to Peru in the 57th minute, with Lapadula receiving the ball in an excellent position in the heart of the area but shooting very weakly.

In the 79th minute, after a corner, Claudio Bravo dropped an apparently harmless shot by Lapadula and then had to work hard to stop the rebound by Paolo Guerrero, the forty-year-old brought on by Uruguayan coach Jorge Fossati in the 71st minute.

In the final part of the game, the team led by Argentine Ricardo Gareca, much quieter in the second half, still managed to threaten again with a new effort by Alexis Sánchez in the 87th minute, but the score remained 0-0 until the end.

Updated: 11:24, 22 Jun 2024