| PUERTO LA CRUZ, Venezuela, July 4
PUERTO LA CRUZ, Venezuela, July 4 Chile
qualified for the quarter-finals of the Copa America after
holding Mexico to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday.
Mexico, who had already qualified, clinched top spot in
Group B after a tame match at the Anzoategui stadium with seven
points from three games.
Chile, with four points, are guaranteed a place in the
quarters as either the second team in the group or as one of
the two best third-placed teams.
Brazil, who have three points, will play Ecuador later at
the same venue in the last match of the group. Ecuador have
failed to register a point so far.
Chile, missing several players through injury including
midfielder Jorge Valdivia, wasted the best chance of the first
half when Carlos Villanueva found himself free in the penalty
area but was let down by a poor first touch.
Mexico struggled to find any rhythm and Cuauhtemoc Blanco,
given his first start of the tournament, looked off the pace as
he repeatedly lost possession.
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was called into action
again early in the second half to save a long-range effort from
Juan Lorca and a close-range header from Humberto Suazo.
Chile then had a penalty appeal turned down when Lorca
tumbled in the box and Mexico's Jonny Magallon missed an easy
chance at the other end when he headed wide right afterwards.