ALISTAIR JOHNSTON played his part in Canada’s goalless draw with Chile in Orlando, Florida to reach the Copa America quarter-finals.

The Celtic defender turned in his usual dependable shift at right-back in an encounter that threatened to boil over at times.

Chile were left with 10 men before the half-hour mark after Gabriel Suazo was red-carded following his second booking.

Johnston and Co went into the game knowing a point would be enough to secure a place in the next stage where they will face the Group B winners, likely to be Venezuela, in Arlington, Texas on Friday. However, Mexico and Ecuador are not out of the reckoning yet.

The Canadians, competing in the competition for the first time, lost 2-0 to Lionel Messi’s Argentina in their opening match, but gollowed up with a 1-0 victory over Peru where the Hoops star was the victim of a brutal headbutt by Marcos Lopez who escaped punishment.

New head coach Jesse Marsch said: “I knew the players were going to play well. They trained really well. This week, their confidence has grown a ton.
“We could have made life so much easier on ourselves by finding a way to finish a play off, but we knew Argentina scored at the beginning of the second-half and then we knew that the key was not to give anything away. And then we were through.
“So, I tried to encourage them to stay stable, to stay balanced to search and probe for the goal, but to do it in a way where we never exposed ourselves and for the most part I thought we did that pretty well.”
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