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Peru and Chile Draw 0-0 in Copa America Group A Opener

Peru and Chile Draw 0-0 in Copa America Group A Opener

Peru and Chile played to a goalless draw in their Copa America 2024 Group A opener on Friday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Both teams missed the chance to take a step towards quarter-final qualification.

Chile’s best opportunity came in the 16th minute when Alexis Sanchez missed a close-range shot off a cross from Victor Davila. Peru’s Miguel Araujo nearly scored just before half-time, forcing Chile’s goalkeeper Claudio Bravo into an acrobatic save.

The game was marred by injuries, with Peru’s captain Luis Advincula substituted in the 34th minute and Chile’s Diego Valdes replaced at halftime. Advincula’s injury prompted criticism of the playing surface, which has also been a concern for other teams.

Despite Peru’s Gianluca Lapadula creating several dangerous moments in the second half, he couldn’t convert his chances. Bravo, who became the oldest-ever Copa America player at 41 years, was instrumental in keeping the match level.

Both teams remain in contention for advancing, with Peru set to face Canada and Chile to play Argentina in their next matches.

Key Moments:

  • 16th Minute: Alexis Sanchez misses a key chance for Chile.
  • 34th Minute: Luis Advincula injured and substituted.
  • 43rd Minute: Miguel Araujo’s header saved by Claudio Bravo.
  • Second Half: Gianluca Lapadula’s attempts denied by Bravo.

This draw leaves both Peru and Chile needing strong performances in their upcoming games to secure a place in the knockout stages.

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