I watched the first two games of the Copa America, and uyyyyyyyyyyyyy.
If you're Chilean or a Chile fan for the tournament, you'll be thrilled with the results so far, as the tournament hosts played to a 2-0 win over Ecuador in the opener on Thursday. Goals from Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas made the difference.
The former Chivas USA player involved in the tournament, Ecuador forward Miller Bolanos, did not cover himself in glory in his first competitive game for his country. While he can't be altogether blamed for a lack of service all night, with Chile essentially having one-way traffic towards Ecuador's goal, he did indirectly set up the first goal on the night, as he put a hand on Vidal in Ecuador's box, and the Juventus man wisely went to ground under the contact. What made the penalty worse for Bolaños was that Vidal was actually moving away from goal when the foul happened, so it was kind of a mess.
Here's hoping Bolaños gets another chance for Ecuador, against Bolivia on Monday.
In the other game played so far in the tournament, Mexico's B-team sputtered to a blah 0-0 draw against Bolivia on Friday in Viña del Mar, Chile. The result was fair, as neither side looked particularly convincing in attack, with only Jesus "Tecatito" Corona and substitute Javier Aquino providing any kind of spark for the Mexicans going forward. Matias Vuoso started up top for Miguel Herrera's squad, with Raul Jimenez coming off the bench, an arrangement that will hopefully not be repeated in the next group game, since Vuoso was poor.
The good news for Mexico, who admittedly did not play well in the tune-up friendlies for this game, is that they got a point out of the game, which is clearly better than no points. But they'll have to get results in their next two games if they have any hope of advancing, and the opponents, Chile and Ecuador, are considerably better than Bolivia. For the North Americans, here's hoping their level rises to the challenge of their upcoming opponents.
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