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.
¡Aquí está la #Alineación del partido presentada por @CocaColaMx!#SienteElSabor pic.twitter.com/tvZwEZPuju— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 19, 2016
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.
#MEXvCHI: 15'. Edson Puch anota el primero para @LaRoja.#UDCentenario #CopaAmerica https://t.co/hwBrPwpgtW— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 19, 2016
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.
#MEXvCHI: 44'. Vargas anota el 2-0 para Chile tras una gran asistencia de Alexis Sánchez https://t.co/IItWmXxk1h— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 19, 2016
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.
#MEXvCHI: 49'. Alexis Sánchez anota el tercero para Chile que ya golea a México https://t.co/8rOQ3Wq1XM— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 19, 2016
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.
#MEXvCHI: 52'. Edu Vargas logra el póker de Chile https://t.co/HfYrVXQzrN— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 19, 2016
Five minutes later, Vargas completed his hat trick to pile on the misery for El Tri.
#MEXvCHI: 57'. Vargas hace la 'manita' de Chile con hat-trick https://t.co/i19A7RHzVH— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 19, 2016
And in the 74th minute, it would be four goals for Eduardo Vargas.
#MEXvCHI: GOOOOOOL. Vargas marca el sexto de Chile al 74' https://t.co/74CYK0ucuw— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 19, 2016
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.