Argentina and defending champions Chile outclassed their respective opponents to enter the semi-finals of the Copa America Centenario football tournament in style. (Read: Ronaldo fluffs his lines)
At the Gillette Stadium, Argentina overpowered 2011 Copa America finalists Venezuela 4-1 in the quarter-finals. Gonzalo Higuain struck twice for the 14-time champions while Lionel Messi and Erik Lamela scored once each.
It was a historic occasion for Messi as he drew level with former star striker Gabriel Batistuta's all time highest tally for Argentina at 54 goals.
Later, Chile routed a hapless Mexico 7-0 at the Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, California in a last-eight game. Eduardo Vargas scored four goals while Edson APuch got a brace. Alexis Sanchez completed the rout.
In the semi-finals, Argentina will meet hosts US while Chile is expected to face a tough task against Colombia.
(With inputs from IANS)