A pitch invader entered the field in Argentina’s match to pay his respects to Lionel Messi.
Argentina and Chile both enjoyed solid victories over their respective semi-final opponents to set up a Copa America final rematch.
Argentina 4-0 USA (Lavezzi, Messi, Higuain 2)
Lionel Messi scored a dazzling free-kick from 25-yards to anoint himself as his country’s top goalscorer and added two assists as Argentina utterly outclassed the host nation.
“I am happy to have surpassed Batistuta’s record and I want to thank my team-mates, it’s theirs as well,” Messi said after the match.
Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring early as he was found free by Messi with a chip, which he heads over Brad Guzan. After Messi added to Argentina’s tally with his free-kick, Higuain scored his first after the break.
The Napoli striker ran behind to receive a cross but Guzan saved the shot, only for HIguain to pounce on the rebound to score. Guzan was once again powerless to stop Argentina as Messi pounced on a defensive blunder to provide Higuain with an easy finish.
But there are fears for Argentina’s chances as Ezequiel Lavezzi, Augusto Fernández and Marcos Rojo all sustained injuries in the match. Lavezzi had a freak accident, fracturing his left elbow after tumbling over an advertising board, while Fernández has a hamstring injury and Rojo a thigh strain.
Chile 2-0 Colombia (Aranguiz, Fuenzalida)
Two early goals are enough to see Chile through to the Copa America Centenario final after the match was delayed for more than two hours after the break.
The second half of the match was postponed for two hours as an electrical storm blew through Soldier Field, Chicago. The game did not finish until after 11.15pm local time, but Chile had already completed their work early on.
Charles Aranguiz converted a rebound past Arsenal’s David Ospina for Chile’s first goal in just seven minutes after play started. It was followed by Jose Pedro Fuenzalida strike four minutes later.
With the defeat, the Colombians will play against USA in the third-place playoff round, while Chile will look to retaining their title which they won last year by penalties.