Host of the 2015 Copa America, Chile have made it to the semi-finals after Mauricio Isla’s 81st minute strike helped them sink a nine-man Uruguay side at the Estadio Nacional.
Isla, a full-back fired a shot low into the corner to claim victory in a chaotic encounter which saw both Edinson Cavani and Jorge Fucile dismissed in the second half.
Cavani received his marching orders for slapping Gonzalo Jara in the face, capping a turbulent week for the Paris Saint-Germain star after his father was allegedly involved in a car crash that led to a fatality in Uruguay on Monday.
Uruguay’s centre-back pairing of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez were an immovable force up until the 80th minute, when Isla controlled the ball on the edge of the penalty area and fired Chile – bidding to win Copa America for the first time – into the final four of South America’s premier tournament.
The match was blighted by a late red card to Uruguay defender Jorge Fucile, who sparked an all-in melee and a delay in play, while coach Oscar Tabarez was sent to the stands as the 2011 champions lost their heads.
Chile, who will face the winner of Bolivia and Peru on Monday, made one change to the team that routed Bolivia 5-0 in their final group fixture last week, with Eugenio Mena replacing Jean Beausejour.
Godin returned to Uruguay’s starting line-up at the expense of Sebastian Coates after missing the 1-1 draw with Paraguay, while Fucile and Cristian Rodriguez came in for Alvaro Pereira and Abel Hernandez, respectively.
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