|17 August 2013|
|18||5th-6th||11:30am||CHI - MEX||6 - 3 (2 - 2)||Final|
Jaime Zarhi was honoured before the match for his 100th international Cap for Chile.
The Chileans were bitterly disappointed to be relegated to the second-tier play-off matches, missing the semi-finals of a Pan American competition for the first time since 1995. They started the game slowly and were immediately under pressure from the young Mexicans, in fine form after the rest day. Francisco Aguilar managed to steal a ball from a defender, setting up Guillermo Pedraza for the first goal for Mexico in the 10th minute of play.
This was the wake-up call Chile needed and they scores two quick goals by Martin Rodriguez to jump into the lead. Play settled after the initial burst of actions, with Chile trying to control the proceedings. They had a few chances, including on penalty-corner, but were denied by Moisés Vargas in the Mexican goal and could not deepen the gap.
Mexico were more efficient at the other end, forcing a penalty-corner in one of their rare forays in Chilean territory by Francisco Aguilar, who converted it himself to level the score just before the half-time break.
Chile pushed forward early and thought that they had taken the lead again on a penalty-corner, but the umpire had whistled a penalty-stroke before and Moisés Vargas kept his team in the game with an excellent save on the stroke. Chile were however successful on their next penalty-corner attempt by Vicente Martin for a narrow one-goal lead, then quickly added another goal by Fernando Fernandez to establish a more comfortable two-goal cushion.
The Mexicans were not down yet and Francisco Aguilar added another penalty-corner, his 2nd goal of the match and 7th of the competition. They threw caution to the wind in the final minutes to try and level the score, but they had to loosen their defense to push forward and Chile added a 5th goal after a superbly executed combination on a penalty-corner that ended on the post at Jaime Zarhi, celebrating in style his 100th Cap.
The Mexicans kept trying, but the slope was too steep now to climb back in the game, and Chile grabbed 5th place of the competition, pushing down Mexico to 6th (but still one step higher than their ranking entering the competition).