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COPA AMERICA: Sanchez over Ospina as Chile see off Colombia to set up Argentine rematch

Chile have progressed to the 2016 Copa America final courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Colombia on Wednesday.

La Roja scored two early goals at Soldier Field in Chicago to set up a second-straight Copa showdown with Argentina who hammered hosts USA 4-0 on Tuesday.

Chile hit the front in just the 7th minute when Charles Aranguiz got on the end of a poor headed clearance from Juan Cuadrado to slot beyond David Ospina from close range.

Less than five minutes later, the reigning Copa America champions were two to the good after Alexis Sanchez latched onto a long ball from keeper Claudio Bravo before firing past Arsenal teammate Ospina and onto the post, with the deflection falling kindly for Jose Fuenzalida to tap home.

The damage had already been done but things became much worse for Colombia when Carlos Sanchez was sent off for a second yellow card in the 57th minute which basically ended any hope of a Los Cafeterias comeback.

In the end, Juan Antonio Pizzi's side saw it through to set up a rematch of the 2015 Copa final in which they defeated Argentina 4-1 on penalties following a 0-0 draw in Santiago.

The decider of Copa America Centenario takes place at the MeLlife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday.

Jose Pekerman's Colombia will meet the US in the third-place playoff at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday.

2016 Copa America - semi-final

Colombia: 0 (red card: Carlos Sanchez 57')
Chile: 2 (Charles Aranguiz 7', Jose Fuenzalida 11')
Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

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