Goal: Chile 4-2 Panama (Alexis Sánchez 89mins)
It Alexis Sánchez, who scores for Chile – heading home past the goalkeeper from a cross by José Fuenzalida. Chile leads 4-2
Goal: Chile 3-2 Panama (Abdiel Arroyo 75mins)
Abdiel Arroyo headed home past Claudio Bravo, who makes a meal in his attempt to save the ball. Panama cuts the score to 3-2 and still has some hope.
Goal: Chile 3-1 Panama (Alexis Sánchez 50mins)
Alexis Sánchez fires home a right footed volley shot from the centre of the box into the roof of the goal to give Chile a 3-1 on an assist by Eduardo Vargas.
Goal: Chile 2-1 Panama (Eduardo Vargas 43mins)
Eduardo Vargas heads Chile into the lead from a cross by Jean Beausejour on the left hand side. He now has brace in the game.
Goal: Chile 1-1 Panama (Eduardo Vargas 15mins)
Eduardo Vargas pounced on a loose ball to score the equaliser for Chile in the 15th minute – scoring with a right footed shot from very range.
Goal: Chile 0-1 Panama (Miguel Camargo 5mins)
Miguel Camargo beats Claudio Bravo with right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Panama lead Chile 1-0.
PHILADELPHIA, PA, Sporting Alert – Defending champion Chile hunts a Copa America quarter-finals spot, while Argentina looks to lock down the top spot in Group D on Tuesday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
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Second place Chile takes on Panama in the night’s opening contest looking to stay on track to defend its title, with the group leader and top-ranked Argentina seeking to seal the No. 1 spot in the group.
A draw or victory in the final group play will earn a knockout slot for Chile, which is on course to face Mexico in the quarterfinals.
However, star midfielder Arturo Vidal, who netted the winner from the penalty spot in the win over Bolivia in the 2-1 win last time out, wants all three points on Tuesday night, adding that the champs need to start improving if they want to defend the title from 2015.
“Panama are physically very strong. We are going to better prepare for the game and hopefully will be able to show all the quality we have,” Vidal said.
“These matches are very difficult, you have to keep improving – starting now.”
Vidal is among the starters on Tuesday night, with Eduardo Vargas and Marcelo Díaz among the three players returning to the lineup.
Alexis Sanchez, Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Jean Beauséjour, Gonzalo Jara and Claudio Bravo are all in the XI as well for the opening 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, Panama’s selection has been hampered by injuries and suspension, with Felipe Baloy, Armando Cooper and Blas Perez all out with second yellow cards at the tournament, while Anibal Godoy was sent off in the 5-0 defeat to Argentina the last time out.
They will look to midfielder Alberto Quintero to carry the team tonight.
The other game on the night will see Argentina and Lionel Messi facing Bolivia at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
Panama: Jaime Penedo, Roderick Miller, Harold Cummings, Luis Henriquez, Adolfo Machado, Miguel Camargo, Gabriel Gómez, Alberto Quintero, Amilcar Henriquez, Luis Tejada, Roberto Nurse.
Chile: Claudio Bravo, Gonzalo Jara, Gary Medel, Jean Beauséjour, Mauricio Isla, Marcelo Díaz, Charles Aránguiz, Arturo Vidal, José Fuenzalida, Eduardo Vargas, Alexis Sánchez.