Sting taken out of Chile with two goals ruled offside

SANTIAGO - Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli insisted that his side had two legitimate goals ruled offside and should clearly have won Monday's roller-coaster Copa America clash with Mexico.

The Chileans had to settle for a 3-3 draw after Jorge Valdivia and Alexis Sanchez both had efforts ruled out in the final half hour.

Television replays suggested both players were fractionally offside but Sampaoli said he felt the two strikes should have stood.

"In my view, the game would have been over in the second half if Chile's two legitimate goals had been given but, unfortunately, it wasn't to be," the Argentinian coach told a news conference.

"It's very disappointing to have drawn a match in that way."

Chile twice fought back from a goal down before taking a 3-2 lead early in the second half, only for Mexico to grab a 66th-minute equaliser.

Mexican striker Matias Vuoso and Chile's Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal scored two goals each.

"Vidal is much better than he was at the World Cup," Sampaoli said of the man of the match, recalling the injury that disrupted the player's preparation for last year's tournament in Brazil.

Mexico manager Miguel Herrera did not single out any of his players, but praised his team for having a very good attitude.

"Mexico showed today that it can do big things," he added. "In the last match, we'll play to win to get to the next round."

Mexico have two points ahead of their final Group A clash with Ecuador, who have yet to gain a point.

Chile lead with four points from two matches, level with Bolivia, whom they face on Friday.

The top two will advance to the knockout stage.

Bolivia on Monday secured their first win in the tournament in 18 years with a 3-2 victory over Ecuador in Valparaiso.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2015, with the headline 'Sting taken out of Chile with two goals ruled offside'. Print Edition | Subscribe