TACNA, Peru, July 13 (Reuters) - Costa Rica striker
Andy Herron scored with virtually the last kick of the game to give his team an
upset 2-1 win over Chile and a place in the Copa America quarter-finals on
Herron's dramatic winner in the fourth minute of
injury time gave the Central Americans a third-place finish in Group C with
three points and they qualified as the second best third-placed team in the
three first stage groups.
Until Herron struck, Bolivia, who finished with
two points in Group A, had been set to go through instead.
Costa Rica will face Colombia in Saturday's
quarter-final in Trujillo while Chile went home with one point from their three
Both teams needed to win to progress, a
situation which produced a dramatic end-to-end match.
Chile went ahead when central defender Rafael
Olarra scored in the 39th minute, the Argentine-based player heading the ball
into the net following a Luis Jimenez free kick.
Chile had dominated the early stages and seemed
set for a comfortable win.
Jimenez nearly increased their lead when he
smashed a 30-metre pile driver against the crossbar but after that, the tide
turned in Costa Rica's favour.
The Ticos equalised when central defender
Mauricio Wright scored from close range in the 59th minute after Walter Centeno
broke clear on the right and crossed.
Jimenez nearly won it for Chile with an 89th
minute header but his effort was brilliantly turned away by goalkeeper Ricardo
In Costa Rica's last attack, Herron was sent
clear on the right and scored with a low shot into the far corner, leaving his
team jumping for joy and their opponents in a state of shock.
There was only time for Chile to kick off before
the final whistle went.