Copa America: Arturo Vidal Controversial Penalty Helps Chile Beat Bolivia

Updated: 11 June 2016 08:10 IST

Arturo Vidal scored a controversial penalty in extra time as Chile defeated Bolivia 2-1 in a dramatic Copa America match to keep their knock-out hopes alive

Copa America: Arturo Vidal Controversial Penalty Helps Chile Beat Bolivia
Arturo Vidal scored a controversial penalty in extra time as Chile defeated Bolivia to keep their quarter-final hopes alive in the 2016 Copa America. © AFP

Arturo Vidal scored a controversial penalty deep into injury time as holders Chile snatched a dramatic 2-1 victory over Bolivia to keep their Copa America Centenario campaign alive.

Bayern Munich star Vidal struck from the spot in the 10th minute of time added on after a hugely debatable penalty was awarded against Bolivian defender Luis Gutierrez for handball by US referee Jair Marrufo.

Television replays showed Gutierrez had his right arm behind his back to avoid conceding a handball but Alexis Sanchez's cross struck him on the shoulder and Marrufo pointed to the spot after the apparent intervention of the linesman.

Bolivia's players surrounded the referee for angry protests but Marrufo's decision stood and it was left to Vidal to drive home the penalty.

The result gives Chile hope of reaching the last eight following their opening defeat to Argentina in Group D.

Earlier a stunning 61st minute free-kick from Kuwait-based playmaker Jhasmani Campos appeared to have grabbed a share of the points for Bolivia at Gillette Stadium after Vidal had given Chile the lead just after half-time.

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Bolivia's players protest angrily against referee Jair Marrufo as he awarded a controversial penalty to Chile.

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Bolivia, beaten by Panama in their first match, have zero points from two games.

It looked like being a frustrating evening at Foxborough for the Chileans, who dominated possession and territory but were unable to make their advantage count until the referee's late intervention.

After a scrappy first half, Chile looked to have taken a decisive breakthrough immediately after the restart with Vidal's goal.

Arsenal star Sanchez dispossessed Juan Carols Arce just outside the Bolivia area and fed Mauricio Pinilla.

Pinilla looked up and squared for Vidal who swept in an emphatic finish to make it 1-0 on 46 minutes.

Yet Bolivia got back on level terms after Chile conceded a free-kick from around 25 meters, slightly out to the right.

There appeared to be little danger but Campos stepped up and produced a spectacular long-range strike which curled late before dipping into the top corner beyond the fingertips of Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

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Highlights
  • Chile defeated Bolivia 2-1 to keep Copa America hopes alive
  • Arturo Vidal scored a penalty in extra time
  • Bolivia have lost both their games in the Copa America
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