Colombia – Chile: Chile Advance On Penalties After Chaotic Stalemate (0-0)
Both teams struggled to find solutions against the other team’s defensive block. This was unfortunately only partly due to solid defending, as the possession games of both sides were relatively uninteresting and not particularly effective. A shootout saw Chile through, in a chaotic and intense, yet not very good, Copa América matchup.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Chile finished second in their group as they were defeated 1-0 by Uruguay in the final round of play. They made three changes to the side that played in that game as Mauricio Isla, Jean Beausejour and José Fuenzalida came into the side which lined up in a 4-3-3 formation.
Colombia meanwhile finished top of their group without conceding a goal, with the most notable result being their 2-0 win over Argentina. They lined up in their vintage, unpredictable 4-2-3-1 / 4-3-3 formation with James Rodríguez able to appear as a number ten or winger at different points in the game.
Struggles to create on both sides
The match was largely defined by relatively stable defenses and struggles to break through the last line of the opponent once they reached the final third. The one-third of the pitch that is closest to the opposition’s goal.
In Chile’s 4-3-3 shape, they were somewhat focused on attacks through the wings. When building up, Erick Pulgar would position himself . . .