Chile begin Copa America title defense by trouncing Japan 4-0

first_img Indo-Asian News Service Sao PauloJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 18, 2019 13:45 IST Chile begin Copa America title defence by trouncing Japan 4-0. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGoals by Vargas, Pulgar and Sanchez ensured victory for ChileJapan had their chances but lacked the cutting edgeJapan failed in their attacks and Chile took advantage of its approachesChile beat Japan 4-0 in their Group C opening match for the Copa America in Brazil, an excessive punishment for a Japanese team who showed flashes of good football and at times managed to dominate the tournament’s reigning champion.A brace by Eduardo Vargas and two more goals from Erick Pulgar and Alexis Sanchez ensured victory for Chile on Monday, reports Efe news. Japan, who came with a youthful squad to the tournament, had their chances but lacked the cutting edge.Despite the absence of agile and eye-catching football, Chile are still well on its way to defend the titles it obtained in 2015 and 2016.Japan made an energetic start with Takefusa Kubo – who was signed by Real Madrid last week for its B-squad – leading the charge against the reigning champion, who failed to respond to the defensive pressures and the devilish speed of the Japanese strikers.Chile spent much of the first half totally disoriented and trying to contain the outbursts of a Japanese team who knew very well how to play.Shoya Nakajima gave the Chileans a lesson in dribbling speed and ball control, and almost opened the scoring before the 10-minute mark.Kubo displayed some of his talent, especially a delightful nutmeg against Mauricio Isla, and moved freely through his attacking area.After half an hour, Sanchez appeared with a double chance, although neither of his two shots was on target.Chile stepped up their game and moved the ball more fluidly. They were rewarded for their period of dominance with the opener, when Pulgar nodded in a Charles Aranguiz corner in the 41st minute.advertisementJapan slowed down in the second half and Chile doubled their lead with Vargas scoring the first of his two goals after a cut-back from Mauricio Isla in the 53th minute.Japan’s Ueda squandered a chance to respond, firing wide of the back post after a cross from Gaku Shibasaki.While the Japanese failed in their attacks, Chile knew how to take advantage of each and every one of its approaches. Less than ten minutes before the match ended, Sanchez scored another goal for Chile and a minute later gave an assist to the striker Vargas, who sealed his second goal with ease.Also Read | Juventus appoint Maurizio Sarri as new managerAlso Read | Copa America: It will take a while to accept it, says Lionel Messi on Argentina’s loss to BoliviaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Copa AmericaFollow Japan vs Chile Chile begin Copa America title defense by trouncing Japan 4-0Japan were beaten by Chile 4-0 in their Group C opening match for the Copa America in Brazil. Japan are one of the two guest teams from Asian Football Confederation for the continental tournament.advertisement Nextlast_img

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