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Thrilling Day at the Copa America

Match Day 5 at the Copa America proved to be the most thrilling of all in the South American tournament. After what many considered to be a slow start, the tournament was jump started by a thrilling 2-2 draw between Argentina and Paraguay on Saturday, followed by a 1-0 Venezuelan upset of Colombia and a 2-1 late winner for Brazil over Peru on Sunday. The Brazil winner thanks to a Douglas Costa goal, assisted by Neymar in the 90+1 minute. But none of that could prepare you for what was to come on Match Day 5.

The day started out with what many would consider an uneven match up between Bolivia and Ecuador. Gino Fuentes and Matteo Bonetti brought you the commentary on BeIN Sports. Many consider Group A to be the weakest of the three, and this match saw a side who many anticipated would advance out of the group (Ecuador) versus the whipping posts of the group (Bolivia). However, it was Bolivia who opened the scoring in the 5th minute with 34 year old Ronaldo Raldes sending the ball past keeper Alexander Dominguez for the early 1-0 lead. This was soon followed in the 18th minute with a goal by Martin Smedberg-Dalence, and a Marcelo Moreno penalty in the 43rd minute. Also in the first half, Ecuador would have a penalty disallowed for encroachment into the penalty area, and Bolivian goal keeper Romel Quinones would parry the second attempt to hold the scoreline. Bolivia went into the locker room with what many saw as an insurmountable 3-0 lead.

But Ecuador were not ready to roll over and give this match up. West Ham United forward Enner Valencia began the comeback in the 48th minute to trim the lead to 3-1. Then, Emelec midfielder Miller Bolanos scored what many will consider to be the goal of the tournament with a wonderstrike in the 81st minute. But Bolivia managed to play their version of catenaccio according to Matteo, and Bolivia secured all three points to provisionally move to the top of Group A.

But the excitement of the early game was nothing more than a giant appetizer for the late game between Chile and Mexico. The dynamic duo of Ray Hudson and Phil Schoen brought you the sights and sounds from this match, and I couldn’t think of a better dynamic duo to color the linguistic canvas of this piece of art.

This match did get off to a slightly slower start that the earlier match, but it certainly brought the hits. The scoring opened in the 21st minute with a Mexican goal from 33 year old striker Matias Vuoso. This would not be the last you heard from him or Mexico in this match as the teams would go on to trade goals. Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal would level the score in the 22nd minute, followed by Atletico Madrid striker Rajul Jimenez to return the lead to Mexico 2-1 in the 29th minute. QPR midfielder Eduardo Vargas would once again draw Chile level at 2-2 in the 42nd minute, and both teams would retire to the locker room trying to find a way to claim all three points in the match.

Chile would draw first blood in the second half, with Vidal scoring his second in the 55th minute to move La Roja ahead 3-2. But not to be outdone, Matias Vuoso would claim his brace in the 66th minute, and draw El Tri all level at 3-3. There certainly was a little controversy, with two offsides calls on Chile, which on replay, appeared to either be too close to call, or incorrect, robbing Chile of 2 more goals. Both teams would push, but neither were able to break the deadlock, and each claimed a point in the end.

All in all today, 11 goals were scored in the two matches, as many as in the six previous matches combined. This day, combined with the mouth watering match up between Uruguay and Argentina on Tuesday, and it goes to show you why the Copa America is considered one of the most exciting, unpredictable tournaments in the world!

 

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