Argentina topped their group with aplomb after a convincing win over Bolivia in the final group stage game of the Copa America Centenario. Joining Argentina in the quarterfinals are Chile, who did the business against Panama to seal their place in the knockout phase.
Already assured of a place in the last-eight, Argentina made sure they would end the group stages with a perfect record, courtesy a 3-0 win over Bolivia.
Lionel Messi might have taken all the plaudits in Argentina's last match following a sumptuous hat-trick, but in this match, by the time the Barcelona man came on at the start of the second half, the contest was already done and dusted.
Erik Lamela gave the Copa America Centenario favourites a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute via a deflected freekick, before Ezequiel Lavezzi made it 2-0 two minutes later. The match was put to bed by Victor Cuesta just past the half hour, and while Messi played the entire second half, no more goals would come as Argentina went into cruise mode.
Messi's team will now face Peru in the quarterfinals.
Earlier, Chile made sure they would join Argentina with an exciting win over Panama. The latter opened the scoring in the match on five minutes, with Miguel Camargo seeing his long-range effort hit the back of the net off a mistake by goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
However, ten minutes later, Eduardo Vargas would draw Chile level after the striker latched onto a rebound from an initial shot from Arturo Vidal to slot home. A couple of minutes before halftime, Chile would go 2-1 ahead, as Vargas headed home nicely of a cross from the left.
Alexis Sanchez would then make it 3-1 in the 50th minute with a fine strike from 14 yards, before Panama lifted hopes of a comeback with a goal from Abdiel Arroyo on 75 minutes.
However, Sanchez made sure there would be no comeback by completing his brace a minute from time to take Chile into the knockout stages, where they will meet Mexico.