Copa America 2019: Player ratings as Alexis Sanchez fires Chile into semis with winning penalty

Andy West 14:06 29/06/2019
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Alexis Sanchez fired Chile into the Copa America semi-finals by converting the winning penalty in a shoot-out following a goalless draw against Colombia.

Defences were on top during the 90 minutes, with neither team creating many chances and star forwards kept quiet.

Find out how all the players rated in Sao Paulo.

COLOMBIA

Ospina 6. Got away with a clanger for Chile’s disallowed goal and had little else to do other than catching Vargas’s late chip.

Medina 6. Had his hands full with Sanchez, picking up a yellow card for fouling him, and couldn’t get forward much.

Mina 7. Towering performance in the centre of Colombia’s defence, comfortably dealing with Vargas and never looking troubled.

Sanchez 6. Rescued by the offside flag after a poor attempted clearance but otherwise a solid enough performance.

Tesillo 6. A reliable presence defensively in his left-back position but sent his shoot-out spot-kick horribly wide.

Cuadrado 6. Prominent early presence on the right of midfield, but was erratic with his final delivery into the box.

Barrios 7. Solid disciplined display in front of his back four, keeping it simple in possession and picking up plenty of loose balls.

Uribe 5. Tried to get forward to support Falcao in the box, but his influence was limited and he was the first man replaced.

James 6. Showed his class with some sumptuous touches and curled a free-kick into the side-netting. Frustrated later on.

Falcao 6. Started well and had an early effort well blocked, but gradually faded and was replaced after 75 minutes.

Martinez 6. Plenty of direct attacking intent from the left wing, but he couldn’t find a way through and was replaced late on.

Subs

Cardona 6. Added yet more physicality into an already intensely contested midfield. Netted his penalty in the shoot-out.

Zapata 5. A late entrant as the focal point of Colombia’s attack, but barely touched the ball as Colombia retreated.

Diaz 5. Came on for the final few minutes but was unable to make much impact as the game petered out to penalties.

James Rodriguez

CHILE

Arias 6. Rarely troubled by a toothless Colombian attack, not having to work too hard to maintain his clean sheet.

Isla 6. A growing attacking presence as Chile settled into the game, offering a consistent outlet down the right.

Medel 6. Typically feisty and committed display from the veteran skipper, who will probably still be playing in 2119.

Maripan 8. Made a great early block to deny Falcao and defended with calm authority. Came close with a first half header.

Beausejour 6. Had a good tussle with Cuadrado and came out with honours more or less even, although attacking impact was limited.

Vidal 7. Fired a decent chance wide late in the first half and unlucky to have a second half goal disallowed. Strong showing.

Pulgar 6. Neat and tidy in the heart of midfield, doing a good job to nullify the threat of James as the game wore on.

Aranguiz 6. Worked hard and regularly sprang forward from midfield to threaten the penalty box, but was rarely found.

Fuenzalida 5. Could not make much impact down the right wing and was replaced with 15 minutes remaining.

Vargas 5. Barely had a kick in the first half. Later misjudged a cross when given a great chance and came close with a late chip.

Sanchez 6. Buzzed around with plenty of enthusiasm and always looked dangerous, but had no clear sights of goal.

Subs

Pavez 5. Came onto the right flank for the final stages as Chile’s only substitute, but didn’t add much to the action.

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