Our match prediction:
Buoyed by a thrilling 7-0 win over Mexico, Chile face Colombia in the 2016 Copa America semi-final. La Roja impressed against El Tri and they will be looking to build on the performance when they square off against los Cafeteros at Soldier Field in Chicago. Eduardo Vargas just can’t stop scoring and the team’s top scorer is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders in Thursday’s football match. Colombia failed to impress in the victory over Peru and despite the fact that coach Jose Pekerman can count on the likes of James Rodriguez and Carlos Bacca for the tournament in USA, we predict that Chile are going to advance to the Copa America final. In their last meeting at Copa America Colombia recorded a 2-0 win over Chile, but we believe that la Roja are capable of getting their revenge on los Cafeteros.
Highligted Player (Bacca):
One of the most talented strikers of this generation, the 29-year-old Carlos Bacca began his senior professional career at Atletico Junior. He caught attention with his exploits and ended up as top scorer in the league in 2010. Bacca signed with Club Brigge in 2012 where he was the league’s top scorer in the only full season he played for them. It was his move to Spanish club Sevilla that brought the best out of Bacca. The striker was an integral part of the team that won the UEFA Europa League in his first two years with the club. Having been courted by many top sides across the world, Bacca signed with Serie A side Milan in 2015 for a reported fee of €30 million. Bacca is well known for his pace and aggression which has won him 27 caps and 11 goals on international duty with Colombia, since 2012.
Highlighted Team (Chile):
The Chilean Football Federation has been established in 1895 while Chile’s first-ever international game was a 3-1 loss to Argentina in 1910. The two countries formed a remarkable rivalry over the years and it was exactly against Argentina that Chile won their last major trophy – a 2015 Copa America title. Prior to their 2015 title Chile had been runners-up in the competition on four different occasions. Chile triumphed in a dramatic final on penalty kicks to reach their first tournament championship. In a symbolic turn of events, Chile start their 2016 Copa America Centenario with a rematch against Argentina. The most capped player of the Chile national team is Barcelona goalkeeper who has past his 100-match mark with the squad he has been a part of since 2004. Former Lazio and Juventus striker, the legendary Marcelo Salas is the leading scorer with 37 goals to his name. Key player to the current set up is Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez who has been the team’s leader on the pitch since 2006.