Chile’s bid of bagging their first ever Copa America got off to the perfect start after the hosts thrashed Ecuador 2-0 on Thursday night in Santiago. It was Arturo Vidal who got the opener from the penalty spot before Eduardo Vargas placed the ball into the net late on in the match.

The Chilean midfield maestro, Arturo Vidal converted his own penalty after being fouled by the Ecuadorian forward, Miller Bolanos followed by Vargas, who, came off the bench, substituting Jean Beasujour at half time, to score the winner in the 84th minute.

Chile were definitely the better team on the night by a country mile. The players did not disappoint their manager, Jorge Sampaoli who made three changes to the team that earlier edged past El Salvador 1-0 in their Final Copa America warm up game.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez remained a constant threat throughout the night and came close to breaking the deadlock early on but his extravagant chip did not elevate enough to deceive the Ecuadorian keeper, Alexander Dominguez.

Chile continued to dictate proceedings in the first half with their front three posing worries for the vulnerable Ecuadorian defence. However, the Chileans had no goal to show for their aggressive play going into the half time interval.

It was a similar story in the second half, with Alexis Sanchez leading the attack. Finally, all the efforts of the first half bore fruit for Chile when Vidal was brought down in the penalty box and he, himself, stepped up to break the deadlock.

Enner Valencia had the best chance of the night for Ecuador but unluckily, his header banged against the crossbar with nine minutes remaining. From there on, Chile counter attacked swiftly and on the 84 minute mark sealed all three points thanks to a Curled effort from Vargas, having been assisted by Alexis Sanchez.