Chile Goes Bizarro on Bolivia
Chile had a shaky start to the Copa América, but the hosts finally gave their fans a night to remember.
As in a rompin' stompin' of Bolivia by a 5-0 count that also secured their first-place finish in Group A.
The surprise wasn't that Chile won this one, but the fact that they did so by a five-goal margin. It's like knowing what's coming and not fully grasping the work behind it.
Chile is a world-class team, and they desperately needed such a display to keep their hopes alive against the more established tournament giants.
Their pounding started early, as La Roja found the net in the fourth minute:
If that was an intentional pass, dude, then you just pulled the assist-of-the-season award.
But everyone knows better.
Alexis Sanchez had been brilliant for Arsenal this season, and it seems that he brought his Gunners form to this competition:
No one expected a header from there, let alone a goal.
Charles Aránguiz got his second to give Chile its third:
He must be super-friendly in the dressing room because everyone seems to pass him in the penalty box.
The hosts' fourth for was their best so far:
And they say Messi is the king of lobs.
Well, OK. Yes. Yes he is.
By this time, Bolivia had had quite enough of the bullying and decided to score:
Well, that had been the easiest option all game.
It was even better than the previous lob.