That was a brilliant game. Peru had started superbly and were dealt a huge setback when Zambrano was sent off. We’ll never know how important that was, but they stuck to the task well and were unlucky to go in 1-0 down at half-time to Vargas’ close-range effort.
Chile went for the jugular after the break but there was a constant sense that the Peruvians weren’t out of this, and that was borne out when Medel turned a cross from the excellent Farfan into his own net. Had Peru steadied the ship a little longer, anything could have happened….but five minutes later they failed to make the ball stick on halfway, Vargas strode forward, and lashed in what might prove the headline goal of this tournament.
That is how it stayed!!!!!
Excellent stuff though. Controversy aside – and we’ll hear plenty more about the red card – it was a proper football match between two sides full of intent and positivity. Let’s hope for more of the same in the final, where Chile will now face Argentina or Paraguay.