JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 28: Alexis Sanchez of Chile looks dejected at the final whistle after being knocked out of the competition during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Brazil and Chile at Ellis Park Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Copa America 2011, Chile Vs. Peru: Own Goal Gives Chile 1-0 Win, First Place In Group

Chile have won Group C with their 1-0 win over Peru, meaning they avoid a quarterfinal matchup against hosts Argentina.

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Copa America 2011, Chile Vs. Peru Final Score: Stoppage Time Own Goal Gives Chile 1-0 Win

Neither Chile or Peru played to their best tonight, but in the end, something resembling justice was served as Chile won 1-0 on a stoppage time own goal that required a bit of luck. Chile were the better side all night, but they started with most of their stars on the bench, implying that they either felt they needed to rest their stars or that this match would be easy. It wasn't, but in the end they did enough to grab three points, winning the group and avoiding a date with Argentina.

Even though there was a goal in the match, the biggest event occurred well before the goal, in the 62nd minute. After Cristian Ramos fouled Alexis Sanchez, who did not start the game and came on as a substitute, a scrum ensued that resulted in a couple of sendings off. Chilean Jean Beausejour was shown a straight red card for his part in the altercation, while Giancarlo Carmona was shown a second yellow. Both teams would have to play the remainder of the match with ten men.

It looked like a draw was on the cards until the very last minute, when a corner kick from Chile deflected off the back of a Peruvian defender into the back of the net, giving Chile the goal they needed to win the match and the group. Peru know that they're through to the next round, but whether or not they will go through in second or third place depends on the result of the second match of the night, between Uruguay and Mexico.


Copa America 2011, Chile Vs. Peru: First Half Ends Scoreless

Chile were dominant during the entire first half of their final group stage game in the 2011 Copa America, but that dominance didn't translate to goals. Peru, lacking any attacking power and probably happy with their passage into the next round, are defending deep and making life difficult for Chile. Despite the fact that Humberto Suazo and company have completely dominated possession and scoring chances, they're locked in a 0-0 draw at halftime. It seemed like it was only a matter of time before they scored for the entirety of the first half, but the goal never came.

The good news for Chile is that they have a ton of weapons on the bench. Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal did not start, and both could provide a serious spark off the bench. However, they might be content with a draw. If this result holds, any result but a multi-goal Uruguay win in the second match will see Chile win the group anyway.


Copa America 2011, Chile Vs. Peru: Lineups

Either Claudio Borghi is very confident about tonight's Copa America match or he's very concerned about a potential quarterfinal match. In any event, Chile's manager has most of his team's best players on the bench. None of Alexis Sanchez, Matias Fernandez, Arturo Vidal, or Maurico Isla will start the match. Chile's bench is stacked, and they'll have plenty of firepower if they're struggling and they need to liven things up a bit. Peru, despite having neither of Jefferson Farfan or Claudio Pizarro, is not starting Paolo Guerrero. Could we have a handshake draw on our hands? Here are the lineups.

Chile lineup: Pinto; Ponce, Jara, Estrada, Fierro, Carmona, Beausejour, Jimenez, Silva, Suazo, Paredes

Peru lineup: Libman, Revoredo, Ramos, Corzo, Guevara, Gonzalez, Ballon, Yotun, Carillo, Chiroque, Ruidiaz

The match kicks off at 6:15 P.M. ET from Argentina. Both teams are through to the quarterfinals already, but both will want to win the group to avoid a date with Argentina.


Copa America 2011, Chile Vs. Peru: Preview

To the victor goes the every tournament except Copa America. Yes, the world's most unpredictable international tournament is at it again. Chile and Peru, unlike Mexico and Uruguay, have done what was asked of them in the first two matches of the group stages, and now control their own destinies in the final match. Right now, they sit in first and second place in Group C. If all standings hold, their respective quarterfinal opponents would probably be...ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL?!?!

Yes, as a reward for doing well, Chile and Peru could end up facing two of the most talented national sides in the world. Meanwhile, if standings hold and Uruguay gets their third straight draw on Tuesday night, they would be facing Venezuela in the quarterfinals. I guess good things come to those who wait to actually play decent football.

The second placed team in the group definitely gets Argentina, while the team who comes out in a less favorable position in tonight's match won't know their opponent until Wednesday night. They could actually draw any of Ecuador, Paraguay, Brazil or Venezuela, so there's plenty of incentive to win.

Chile aren't quite the thrilling side they were under Marcelo Bielsa, at least yet, but they're still far from boring. Alexis Sanchez, Humberto Suazo, and company are still capable of scoring goals in bunches. They should be able to beat Peru, but then again, Uruguay should have been able to beat Peru as well.

Both Claudio Pizarro and Jefferson Farfan, far and away Peru's most accomplished attacking players, are missing from the squad. The fact that they've been able to pick up four points so far in this tournament despite missing those players is not just a bit surprising, it's downright astonishing. If Peru are able to defeat Chile on Tuesday night, their run progresses to jaw-dropping on the levels of disbelief scale.

Tune in for what should be bags of fun from Argentina...if the two sides don't agree to a gentleman's handshake draw.

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