Chile moved a step closer to winning their first ever Copa America as they progressed to the semi-finals with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Uruguay.
Alexis Sanchez put in a man-of-the-match shift as Mauricio Isla’s late winner knocked out the holders who finished the game with nine men.
The winning goal, an 82nd minute drive from the edge of the box, came after Edinson Cavani had received his marching orders for two yellow cards.
The PSG man paid the price for flicking his finger across the face of Gonzalo Jara who made up the ref’s mind by going down like a ton of bricks. Replays appear to show Cavani having his arsehole tickled by his opponent just seconds before.
To rub salt in the wounds Jorge Fucile earned a second yellow of his own for a tackle on Alexis Sanchez in the dying moments. At full time, even without Luis Suarez in their ranks, the Uruguayans maintained their world-renowned cuntishness by going bat shit crazy at the injustice of it all.
Chile will face either Bolivia or Peru, who play tonight, in the semi-finals.
Last Sunday David Ospina’s Colombia secured a 0-0 with Peru that ensured both teams progressed to the knockout rounds from Group C behind winners Brazil. It was the Arsenal keeper’s second clean sheet of the competition.
Colombia face Argentina in the quarter-finals on Saturday evening. The winner will play either Brazil (already vanquished in the group stage by Colombia) or Paraguay in the other semi-final.