Copa America Centenario: Eduardo Vargas, Alexis Sánchez and Arturo Vidal shine for Chile against Mexico
Chile secure their passage to the semifinals as they walk over Mexico with a 7-0 victory on a crisp Saturday night at Levi's Stadium. (Photo provided by Brandon Farris-VAVEL USA)

Chile is heading into the semifinals of the Copa America Centenario with all the confidence in the world after demolishing Mexico 7-0 in the quarterfinals at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Before the match started El Tri were favorites to win the game and possibly the Copa America Centenario. However, all the players on the field for La Roja failed to read that memo and responded by humiliating the 2015 Gold Cup champions on a warm Saturday night.

Now let's take a closer look at the players' performance for Chile

Defense, goalkeeper took care of business

GK: Claudio Bravo (7)

It is really hard to give him any higher grade since the Barcelona goalkeeper was watching the game as a fan for most of the time. However, the one shot on target Mexico did manage to create he stopped.

Gary Medel (8)

He might not have filled the stat sheet as his others teammates did, but his presences in the back frustrated the Mexicans. He was able to win second balls and complete important challenges.

Chile's forward Eduardo Vargas enjoyed the best night in his professional by scoring four goals against Mexico on Saturday at Levi's Stadium. Photo provided by Brandon Farris-VAVEL USA.
Chile forward Eduardo Vargas enjoyed the best night in his professional by scoring four goals against Mexico on Saturday at Levi's Stadium. (Photo provided by Brandon Farris-VAVEL USA)

Gonzalo Jara (7)

Similar to Medel he did what he had to do to stop the Mexican attack.

Jean Beausejour (7)

He was able to practically shut down his side of the field. However, he also got involved in the attack from time to time.

José Fuenzalida (8)

Much like Beausejour, his effort proved to be too much for El Tri to handle. Additionally, his relentless energy started to get under the skin of Mexico's Miguel Layún.

The midfield shuts down Mexico

Charles Aránguiz (8)

He never stopped running on both offense and defense. He was able to win back the ball and then start the attack instantly.

Marcelo Díaz (8)

He was a beast in the middle of the field, challenging El Tri anytime they won the ball. Barely anything got passed the 29-year-old midfielder.

Arturo Vidal (9)

He did not convert his two chances late in the match, but he was able to record two assists in the process. He made many key passes in the game. Additionally, the 29-year-old playmaker rolled up his sleeves and won a lot of challenges.

The front three of Chile steamed roll Mexico

Edson Puch (9)

The 30-year-old winger scored two goals tonight. However, his performance went beyond his goals as he committed multiple runs in and around the box. Puch also made an impact on the defensive side of the ball.

Alexis Sánchez (10)

Yes, the Arsenal man gets a perfect 10 in this match. He scored a goal and recorded two assists while facing a double or even a triple team at times. The 27-year-old attacker was able to pick apart the Mexican defense numerous times, as they attempted to contain him for the 90 minutes. Sánchez ended up using El Tri's own strategy against them in the game.

Eduardo Vargas (10) 

He was called offsides two times in the match but he did finish with four goals to his name. Each of the goals was different from the next one.

Chile's play maker Alexis Sánchez led his team to the semifinals by scoring a goal and dishing out two assists against Mexico on Saturday at Levi's Stadium. Photo provided Jim Malone-VAVEL USA.
Chile's play maker Alexis Sánchez led his team to the semifinals by scoring a goal and dishing out two assists against Mexico on Saturday at Levi's Stadium. (Photo provided Jim Malone-VAVEL USA)

Substitutes come in to seal the deal

Francisco Silva (7)

He came in for the injured Díaz and just kept the midfield composed. He did almost score a long-range shot as the game was coming to an end.

Enzo Roco (7)

He gave one of his starting center backs a break and just helped Chile secure their passage to the semifinals.

Mark González (7) 

Similar to the other two subs he just came in and completed his tasks.

La Roja's head coach silences his critics

Edson Puch scored two goals for Chile in their 7-0 quarterfinal victory against Mexico on Saturday night at Levi's Stadium. Photo provided by Jim Malone-VAVEL USA.
Edson Puch scored two goals for Chile in their 7-0 quarterfinal victory against Mexico on Saturday night at Levi's Stadium. (Photo provided by Jim Malone-VAVEL USA)

Juan Antonio Pizzi (10)

He out coached Mexico's Juan Carlos Osorio for the entire 90 minutes. He kept his players motivated after they came back from the halftime break with a 2-0 victory. His players responded by scoring five more goals in the final 45 minutes.

Now Chile will be heading to Chicago, Illinois to face CONMEBOL rivals Colombia on Wednesday at Soldier Field. La Roja is now just two games away from defending their Copa America title. If Pizzi is able to get the same performance from his players for the rest of the tournament then there is no team that can beat Chile.

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