Mexico and Chile battle to 3-3 draw

Published Tuesday, June 16, 2015 12:36 AM by Shane Barrow

What. A. Match! After a lackluster opening game at Copa America 2015 Mexico turned it on and battled hosts Chile to a wildly entertaning 3-3 draw Monday night.  The criticism was widespread after an opening bore scoreless draw with Bolivia.  El Tri will receive nothing but high marks for their performance tonight.

The opening half provided non-stop action as both teams went back and forth at each other.  Twice Mexico grabbed the lead and twice Chile pegged them back.  Mexico's Matias Vuoso started the scoring in the 21st minute, hooking in from six yards against the run of play. The home side were level within 90 seconds, when Arturo Vidal headed powerfully in from a Charles Aranguiz corner. Raul Jimenez put Mexico back in front heading home a corner before Eduardo Vargas headed Chile level just before the break.

The second half was just as entertaining as the first with chances galore.  Chile had their first lead of the night earning a penalty kick within ten minutes of the restart.  Arturo Vidal put the spot kick into the net to the delight of the huge home crowd.  

In the 64th minute the hosts had a Jorge Valdivia goal ruled out for offside, and two minutes later they were pegged back to 3-3 by Mexico. A long ball from Aldrete found Vuoso and he beat Bravo to get the decisive touch and level the score.  Chile was hard done once again in the 80th minute as they were ruled offside on another goal.  Two very close calls that both looked like good goals went against the home side and left us all even at 3-3 for the night.

The draw keeps Chile on track for the top spot in Group A as they top the bracket with Bolivia still to play.  Chile will be clear favorites in the final group match and still look to have the talent to make a deep run in the tournament.  Mexico face a must win game with Ecuador.  Anything other than a win will see El Tri out of the tournament.

In the other Group A match Bolivia built a big lead and then held on for dear life beating Ecuador 3-2.  The result leaves Ecuador bottom of the group heading into the final matchday.