Chile are champions of Copa America! For two times in-a-row, the La Rojas bagged the title of the Copa America Centenario on penalties against Lionel Messi and Argentina, 4-2. The regulation match ended scoreless.
This year?s finals match-up is a repeat of the 2015 Copa America championships wherein Chile also came out victorious, 4-1. Also, for the second time in-a-row, the finals of the Copa America has come down to a penalty shootout after both teams failed to score at the end of the regulation.
During the penalty shootout, Arturo Vidal had come up first for Chile but was denied by Sergio Romero. Lionel Messi, considered by many as the world?s greatest footballer, had the first attempt for Argentina, unfortunately for the star player, he missed in handing Argentina the advantage of going up first. It was the first time that Messi missed a penalty, a very crucial one at that, for Argentina. ?
The score drought was broken by Nico Castillo who gave Chile its 1-0 lead. Argentinian fans roared as Javier Mascherano found the back of the net in his attempt to level the match at 1-all.
Charles Aranguiz (Chile) and Sergio Aguero (Argentina) then each successfully converted their attempts for a 2-all but then Jean Beausejour came up to give Chile a slim 3-2 upperhand. Claudio Bravo then foiled the attempt of Lucas Biglia and Francisco Silva sealed the back-to-back Copa America title for Chile.
Goalkeeper Romero received the Fair Play award for Argentina. Bravo, on the other hand, was given the Golden Glove award. The Golden Boot trophy went to Eduardo Vargas while Alexis Sanchez was named as the Player of the Tournament.
The loss was the third near miss for Argentina in a major tournament who lost the FIFA World Cup against Germany in 2014 and the Copa America title last year also on penalties against Chile.