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Copa America: Chile's thrashing for the ages ousts Mexico

Chile thrashed Mexico 7-0 in the Copa America quarterfinals on Saturday. It is not surprising that Chile defeated Mexico but the margin of victory was definitely atrocious.

Copa America: Chile's thrashing for the ages ousts Mexico

In a thrashing for the ages, La Roja looked in menacing form in Santa Clara, Calif., as they registered their biggest victory over Mexico. This was also the most lopsided result in a major competition in El Tri's history.

Eduardo Vargas would've tied for the Golden Boot lead for the tournament with his performance Saturday alone, as he netted four goals. Edson Puch added two goals, while Alexis Sanchez contributed one as well. With this performance, Chile brought back memories of Germany's 7-1 destruction of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semifinals.

Chile is now in the Copa semifinals, where it will face Colombia. With this defeat, Mexico's 22-game unbeaten streak came to a full stop in the worst possible manner.

Chile dominated the game from the word go, putting pressure on Mexico. By the time it was 4-0, Mexico players looked down and out. Chile could sense the blood and it made full use of the opportunities. Even when Chile had bagged the match, the likes of Vargas, Sanchez, Puch and Arturo Vidal made every Mexican touch uncomfortable.

Vargas later dedicated his performance to his mother. "I'm very happy with the performance, I dedicate it to my mum and my family," Vargas said. "We started this tournament badly but we're getting stronger and stronger with every match," he added.

The rout was just one goal away from equalling Mexico's heaviest ever defeat in any international, an 8-0 thrashing by England in London in 1961.

"I offer my sincere apologies to the Mexican fans, to all the Mexican people," Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said afterwards.

"What we saw today was a disgrace, an accident of football," he added. "Obviously there are more important things in the world than football, but that was a very poor display. Chile had a great collective performance and extraordinary performance from its stars," Osorio added. "But there is not seven goals difference between Chilean and Mexican football."