Chile – Peru: Off-The-Pace Chile Left Licking Their Wounds After Disastrous Start (0-3)
Peru out-pressed Chile, and that was the key difference in this dramatic Copa América semi-final. The edge the Peruvians gained from being that bit tighter to their opposition enabled them to manipulate the ball at the cost of the Chile defense. How Peru managed to hold on for the next hour would, however, be a different task entirely, a test they passed with flying colors.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
Chile were only two matches away from becoming the first nation to ever win the Copa América on three successive occasions, whereas Peru were looking to build on their steady run of Copa finishes, which coincided with some impressive displays at the 2018 World Cup. Both teams progressed to the semi-finals by winning a penalty shootout, after being outplayed in regular time, by Colombia and Uruguay respectively.
Even though some changes would have been warranted, considering the level of play both teams showed in the quarter-final, both managers decided to stick with the same eleven players. For Reinaldo Rueda and Chile, this meant a front three of José Fuenzalida, Eduardo Vargas and Alexis Sánchez kept their spots up front, in the same 4-3-3 formation Chile have been playing in all tournament long. Peru coach Ricardo Gareca also named an unchanged eleven, but tweaked the system just a little, going for . . .