Colombia and Chile will square off in the second Semifinals matchup of Copa America on Wednesday, June 22, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Colombia, the second-place finisher in Group A, went 2-1 in the Group Stage, and won against Peru on penalty kicks in the knockout stage. Sebastian Perez notched the winning goal in the penalty shootout to give Colombia a 4-2 shootout win.
Colombia’s opponent, Chile, is arguably the hottest team in the tournament. Over its last three game, Chile has outscored its opponents 13-3. After going 2-1 in the Group Stage, Chile embarrassed Mexico, 7-0, in the knockout stage. Chile’s attack was led by Eduardo Vargas, who has scored six goals over his last two games. Colombia will need to figure out a way to slow him down if they want to advance.
Chile has only suffered one loss -- to Argentina in its opening game -- so this club is playing with a lot of confidence and will be looking for retribution. Fans that want to attend this game can look for tickets on TiqIQ, where the average ticket price for Colombia vs. Chile is $334.71, while the get-in price is $131. This contest actually clocks in as the cheaper game among the two semifinals matchups.
Given Chile’s fast-paced attack, Colombia’s defense will need to set up, play physically, and limit their opportunities. Overall, Colombia’s defense has been very sound since they’ve only given up four goals over their first four games. Ball possession and smart attacks that don’t leave the defense exposed will be critical for Colombia. Scoring an early goal will help Colombia settle into the game and not feel like they’re playing catch-up against a hot Chile club.
All time, Chile is 14-10-12 against Colombia. These two teams have met recently in the World Cup three times, with the games resulting in two ties and one victory for Colombia. These two clubs are not strangers to each other, so expect a hotly-contested game for the right to advance in the Copa America Centenario. Fans traveling to the game can find great parking options for Soldier Field parking.