There were those who questioned Juan Carlos Osorio's success in charge of the Mexican national team. Despite the team enjoying win over win, the overall play on the field left something to be desired.
And Saturday night in front of a packed Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, it all came crashing down. El Tri were throughly humiliated 7-0 by a hungrier, better prepared Chile squad that put their stamp on the game from the opening whistle.
Osorio will be rightly criticized for fielding a lineup that once again featured a number of changes and lacked cohesion on the pitch.
Chile pressed early, and went ahead early. Edson Pugh opened the scoring in the 15th minute, calmly passing a Ochoa rebound into the net after a prolonged spell of possession from Alexis Sanchez.
Eduardo Vargas delivered a dagger blow to Mexico right before the break, beating Araujo to a square Sanchez cross and shoveling a finish past a sliding Ochoa.
In the 49th minute, Chile cut through the Mexican defense like butter, and Sanchez was the one this time to put away an easy finish.
Three minutes later, Eduardo Vargas ran onto a ball behind the Mexico back four and once again slid an easy finish past the beleaguered Ochoa.
Five minutes later, Vargas completed his hat trick to pile on the misery for El Tri.
And in the 74th minute, it would be four goals for Eduardo Vargas.
Pugh got behind a El Tri defense that had given up long ago in the 87th minute and chipped over Ochoa to complete the rout.