- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Arturo Vidal scored two goals and set up another, but host Chile was held to a 3-3 draw by Mexico in a thrilling Copa America match on Monday.

Striker Vicente Matias Vuoso scored twice for Mexico, including the 66th-minute equalizer that frustrated a home crowd which was also angered by the referee’s decision to disallow two Chile goals on contentious offside calls.

Chile would have progressed to the quarterfinals had it won, but still leads Group A with four points along with Bolivia, which defeated Ecuador 3-2 earlier Monday. Mexico has two points after two draws, while Ecuador is last with zero points. Chile, seeking its first Copa America title, is ahead of Bolivia on goal difference.

The top two teams in each of the three groups advance, plus the two-best third-place finishers. Chile’s final group match is against Bolivia on Friday, the same day Mexico faces Ecuador.

Chile had the better of Mexico but defensive mistakes and missed opportunities were costly.

“We are improving match after match and we hope to be at 100 percent against Bolivia, then we will think about reaching higher goals,” said Vidal, who already has three goals after two matches. “We improved a lot, created a lot of chances and attacked from both sides, that was important.”

Vuoso opened the scoring with an easy close-range shot after a set up by Juan Medina in the 21st, and a minute later Vidal equalized with a firm header off a corner.

Mexico went ahead again with Raul Jimenez’s header in the 29th, right after Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made a brilliant save off another header by Gerardo Flores. Eduardo Vargas tied the game for the second time with a header off a perfect cross by Vidal in the 42nd.

Vidal was fouled by Flores inside the area, then converted a 55th-minute penalty to give Chile the advantage before Vuoso equalized on a breakaway, beating Bravo with a single touch inside the box.

“The truth is we played against a strong opponent,” Bravo said.

Just a minute earlier, Chile playmaker Jorge Valdivia had a goal disallowed after Vidal was ruled offside in a very close call, and Alexis Sanchez’s goal in the 80th also was called back even though replays showed he was not offside. Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli was furious on the sidelines.

Valdivia had Chile’s best chance to break the deadlock with a right-footed shot that missed just wide of the left post in the 72nd.

Mexico played without veteran defender Rafael Marquez, who was injured in the scoreless draw against Bolivia.

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