SANTIAGO, June 25, 2015
Hosts Chile bundled reigning champions Uruguay out of the Copa America with a 1-0 victory in a fast-paced quarter-final on Wednesday that kept alive their dream of a maiden title.
Uruguay were reduced to nine men by the end of the game with Edinson Cavani sent off for a second yellow card after 62 minutes and Jorge Fucile also sent off for a second booking with two minutes remaining.
Mauricio Isla scored the only goal in the 82nd minute when he fired home from 15 yards after Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera had weakly punched away a cross.
After Fucile’s exit, the match was halted for several minutes as Uruguay’s players surrounded the referee and officials and players from both sides scuffled on the field.
Chile, who dominated the match with 80 percent of possession, have never won the Copa America since its inception in 1916 and now face the winner of Thursday’s Peru-Bolivia tie.
“We now have another game I don’t know if it will be Peru or Bolivia but we still have the dream,” said striker Alexis Sanchez.
“We fought hard and we have to thank the fans who were behind us all the way.” In the other quarter-finals, Argentina face Colombia on Friday and Brazil play Paraguay on Saturday.