Canada advances in Copa America after draw with Chile

Canada advances in Copa America after draw with Chile

Canada played out a dour goalless Copa America draw against 10-man Chile to claim second place in Group A and progress to the quarterfinals.

The Chileans, who finished third of the group, are out of the tournament before the knockout stage for the first time since 2004.

The draw moved Canada up to four points in Group A, five behind leaders Argentina, who had already qualified for the quarterfinals. 

Two-times champions Chile ended with two and Peru finished bottom with only one.

Chile, who needed to win and have other results go their way, had their uphill task made even harder after Gabriel Suazo was shown a second yellow card in the 27th minute for bringing down Richie Laryea.

Canada and Chile tied in the first game both teams faced each other off in at the Copa America

Referee Jesus Valenzuela shows a red card to Gabriel Suazo of Chile in the first half in Orlando

Referee Jesus Valenzuela shows a red card to Gabriel Suazo of Chile in the first half in Orlando

In a game where chances were few and far between, Chile goalkeeper Gabriel Arias did well to keep out shots from Canada’s Stephen Eustaquio and Tajon Buchanan.

Canada stopper Maxime Crepeau made a smart save to deny an awkward deflected effort from Alexis Sanchez, too.

Canada thought they had taken the lead in the second minute of stoppage time in the second half through substitute Tani Oluwaseyi.

But the goal was ruled out for offside.

Canada and Chile were playing for the first time in the 21st century. 

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