Chile, perhaps more than any other team, came into this month’s Copa America Centenario feeling it had something to prove.
Although it is the defending champion, it wasn’t given one of the tournament four seeds. Although it’s ranked fifth in the world, most of the pre-Centenario attention focused on Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay and Brazil.
But if Chile was overlooked, it made sure it could no longer be ignored, dominating Mexico, 7-0, Saturday before a stunned pro-Mexico crowd of 70,547 at Levi’s Stadium.
With the win Chile moves on to the Centenario semifinals Wednesday in Chicago, where it will meet Colombia. Unbeaten Argentina plays the U.S. in the other semi Tuesday in Houston.
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