Vuoso double boosts Mexico to Chile draw

Matias Vuoso (#19) gives Mexico a first-half lead against host Chile in their Copa America encounter on June 15, 2015, in Santiago. (Photo: ca2015.com)

SANTIAGO, Chile – Matias Vuoso struck for a brace, including the equalizer in the second half, as Mexico played host Chile to a 3-3 draw in Group A of the 2015 Copa America at Estadio Nacional on Monday.

The result gives third-place Mexico two points from two matches heading into its final group stage encounter on Friday against Ecuador, which has lost two straight.  A win would secure safe passage into the quarterfinals, though the Tricolor can even advance with a third draw.

In a wide-open evening of attacking play that had a pair of goals called back for offside, it was Vuoso who put Mexico on top first, when the Chiapas striker tapped in a deflected cross from Juan Carlos Medina in the 20th minute.

One minute later, though, the host equalized as Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal headed home from 12-yards out off a Charles Aranguiz corner kick.

In similar fashion, Raul Jimenez put the CONCACAF side back in front in the 28th minute.  The Atletico Madrid forward’s looping header from a corner kick beat goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

The Chileans responded in the 41st minute as an open Eduardo Vargas headed in a Vidal cross from 11-yards out to level the score at 2-2.

Ten minutes later, Vidal gave La Roja its first lead, 3-2, converting from the penalty spot for his second goal.

Vuoso spoiled the party in the 65th minute with his sixth career international goal in 14 appearance.  The 33-year-old raced behind the Chilean defense to latch onto a ball played over the top by Santos defender Adrian Aldrete and tapped past an onrushing Bravo.