The 2015 Copa America tournament has officially kicked off, and Chile and Ecuador took part in the first match of the competition.
They are both looking to advance into the knockout stage from Group A, but Chile has gotten a leg up on their opponents with a 2-0 victory over Ecuador.
The game remained tight throughout most of the duration, and Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made a spectacular save in the first half to keep the game scoreless at halftime.
Chile was able to take advantage of a penalty by Ecuador, as Arturo Vidal was awarded a free kick before capitalizing on the opportunity for the first goal of the game.
After Ecuador continued to attempt to claw their way back into the game, Eduardo Vargas scored 84 minutes into the match as he barely snuck it past Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez.
Chile was able to hold off any sort of rally and came away with a clean sheet, but it became a little stained after Matias Fernandez was given a red card for a low kick that tripped Juan Paredes.
This was Fernandez’s second penalty of the game, which got him kicked out as the two teams played in stoppage time.
Chile will look to seal their trip to the knockout stage on Monday as they take on Mexico.
Ecuador will look to get back in the hunt on Monday against Bolivia.