Chile set up Copa America Centenario final against Argentina after downing Colombia

Charles Aranguiz and Jose Pedro Feunzalida scored for the defending champions at Soldier Field in Chicago to secure a repeat of the 2015 showpiece on Sunday in New Jersey

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 June, 2016, 12:37pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 June, 2016, 1:08pm

Charles Aranguiz and Jose Pedro Feunzalida scored in the first half as defending champion Chile returned to the Copa America Centenario final with a 2-0 victory over Colombia on Wednesday.

Led by Claudio Bravo’s stellar effort in goal, Chile earned their fourth straight win since a 2-1 loss to Argentina in their Group D opener.

Chile will now face a re-match with Argentina in Sunday’s final in New Jersey having beaten the same opposition 4-1 on penalties in last year’s final following a goalless draw after extra-time.

James Rodriguez and Colombia got off to a slow start and their push for a comeback was hampered by a strong line of thunderstorms that delayed the start of the second half by more than two hours, drenching the playing surface at Soldier Field.

Colombia, who will face the United States in the third-place play-off on Saturday in Arizona, also had to play with 10 men for over half an hour after Carlos Sanchez received his second yellow card in the 57th minute.