There was plenty to discuss during and after Chile’s demolition of El Tri in the Copa America quarterfinals on Saturday night.
Mexico entered the Copa America Centenario as one of the pre-tournament favorites. There was a lot to like — El Tri had not lost a match since the 2015 Copa America, they were playing in the United States, which made their matches akin to home games, and they had many players, including Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, coming off excellent club seasons.
After winning Group C of the Copa America Centenario, albeit with some red flags in games against Jamaica and Venezuela, Mexico faced Chile in what was expected to be one of the most memorable games of the tournament. It certainly was, but not for reasons many expected.
Behind four goals from Eduardo Vargas, Chile demolished Mexico 7-0 in front of a stunned crowd in Santa Clara, California. The defeat brought back memories of another favored team on “home” soil from just two years ago, Brazil, which lost 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals to eventual champion Germany.