Mexico and host nation Chile ended with a spirited 3-3 at the Julio Martinez Pradanos National Stadium, Santiago, Chile in their second Group A game.
Mexico will take on Ecuador in their final group match, team that has yet to win a game. A breakthrough by a Chilean striker was called offside by a meticulous linesman. The keeper managed to touch it, but sent it into the net for the 2-1 advantage for Mexico.
But it would not last for Chile. On a corner kick in the 29th minute, Jimenez connected with a header that found Bravos top right corner. Chile will face Bolivia, both with 4 points. The stadium roared with delight as the scoreboard turned 3-2 in the home sides favor.. Chile attacked. Mexico took a 1-0 lead.
Chile did not appear as dangerous as expected and El Tri sensed they could do harm. (CONCACAF region team Jamaica is embedded in Group B). The game would go to break with a 2-2 on the board.
Vidal took charge of converting and in a calm and cool manner fired to Coronas left to give Chile the advantage for the first time in the 55 minutes the 22 players had been on the pitch. A penalty was called, but no one was booked.
It may have been another draw for the Mexican National Team during the Chile 2015 Copa America in South America, but it keeps El Tri in the mix of a possible advancement into the quarterfinals. The Chiapas FC striker hit the ball and beat out Claudio Bravo to the surprise of the local fan base. With cool precision, Vuoso pulled Bravo off his line and sent a slow roller into the Chilean net to put the game 3-3.
When Mexico searched for number three, a defensive error cost El Tri the lead three minutes before the half. The crowd exploded in anger due to the referees rigidness. The locals did not waste time and quickly went on the attack against El Tri. The header was solid and direct with no spin to go past the Cruz Azul keeper for the 1-1.
The Chileans were the heavy favorites as they hosted one of the two invited nations to the CONMEBOL competition. Vuoso would receive a pass that some might have called offside on the Argentine-born Mexican. But the Mexicans remained cool and held their ground holding the red waves of attack.
Chile wanted to show their fans they are contenders for the South American based cup and came out aggressive in the second half. It was not meant to be for the home side. The adjustments on the pitch came for Mexico after Adrian Aldrete left the pitch due to injury. Mexico defended. Like in the first goal, Hugo Ayala lost Vidal on marker. Vidal centered to Eduardo Vargas who did not hesitate to put the ball past Corona. The Mexicans would hold their line like ancient Aztec warriors and keep their quarterfinal hopes alive.
The lead would not last long as Arturo Vidal would head the ball past goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona less than a minute later. The referee did not hesitate to point to the spot. All three, Chile, Bolivia and Mexico are obligated to win to secure a spot in the next round of the Copa America.
In the 20th minute Jesus Corona of FC Twente took the ball down the left wing and passed to Atletico de Madrid player Raul Jimenez who quickly turned it over to Vicente Matias Vuoso. Coach Miguel Piojo Herrera made his changes and reinforced his backline, but left a sharp pair of stingers upfront. Vidal set up a play in the area that could get his team an advantage. Like many who play the Beautiful game have done in the past, Vidal took a dive