The roles were reversed as last year's finalists Argentina and Chile met each other in the first round of matches in Group D of the 2016 Copa America Centenario, while underdogs Panama, appearing in their first major tournament, managed to pile on the misery for a struggling Bolivia.

Hosts Chile shrugged off Arturo Vidal’s drunken-driving controversy to power into the quarter-finals of the Copa America on Friday with a 5-0 thrashing of Bolivia. Two goals for Charles Aranguiz, one each for Alexis Sanchez and Gary Medel and an own goal from Ronald Raldes put Chile’s campaign back on track after Vidal’s arrest following a high-speed crash threatened to derail their tournament.The win ensured Chile finished top of Group A and gives them a last eight meeting next Wednesday against one of the two best third-placed teams, most likely either Uruguay or Paraguay. Bolivia, who had been guaranteed a place in the knockout rounds for the first time in 18 years after Ecuador defeated Mexico in Friday’s early game, were never in contention against La Roja. The Chileans swept into an early lead after only three minutes with a well-worked goal from Aranguiz. Inter Milan defender Medel pumped a long ball forward, and Eduardo Vargas knocked down into the […]

All games in group A have finally come to an end and Colombia and Argentina have qualified directly for the next round. TheHardTackle brings to you the thrills and spills from group A.