Soccer

Vargas scores 4 goals, defending champ Chile routs Mexico

  • Chile’s Eduardo Vargas, second from left, celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal against Mexico  during a Copa America Centenario quarterfinal soccer match at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/ Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Chile’s Eduardo Vargas, second from left, celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal against Mexico during a Copa America Centenario quarterfinal soccer match at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/ Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chile’s Eduardo Vargas, right, scores against Mexico during a Copa America Centenario quarterfinal soccer match at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/ Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Chile’s Eduardo Vargas, right, scores against Mexico during a Copa America Centenario quarterfinal soccer match at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/ Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chile’s Eduardo Vargas, 11, is congratulated after scoring his side's 2nd goal against Mexico during a Copa America Centenario quarterfinal soccer match at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/ Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Chile’s Eduardo Vargas, 11, is congratulated after scoring his side's 2nd goal against Mexico during a Copa America Centenario quarterfinal soccer match at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/ Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

Eduardo Vargas scored four goals, Edson Puch added two, and defending champion Chile thoroughly dismantled Mexico from every angle in a 7-0 Copa America quarterfinal trouncing Saturday night.

Mexico's best unbeaten streak in history ended in embarrassing fashion at 22 matches, one day shy of a year since El Tri's last loss to Ecuador in the Copa group stage.

After Vargas found the net for the final time on this extraordinary display of shot-making, the star forward jumped in the air and pumped his right fist as his shaggy hair swayed in the Bay Area breeze. And a sold-out stadium of 70,547 that began the night like a Mexico home game quickly emptied of El Tri fanaticos as the clock wound down.

Alexis Sanchez had a goal and two assists, and Puch scored the bookends for Chile — starting things off in the 16th minute and punctuating this dominant night with an 88th-minute score.