In Copa America news, Chile wins against Argentina, 4-2, to grab the title. They have done it twice in-a-row as Chile also denied Argentina the Copa America title last year also on penalties. The title match had to be decided on a penalty shootout after the regulation ended scoreless.
It had looked like Argentina will be able to redeem themselves from last year?s penalty shootout. It certainly looked that way when Chile?s first penalty attempt by Arturo Vidal was saved by Argentina?s Sergio Romero. But the series of events leading to the end looked like a deja vu of last year?s Chile win over Argentina.
Here?s last year?s performance:
After the first foiled Chilean attempt, it was the Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi?s turn. Messi, as the great player that he is, still lacks a title with the Argentina national team. He might have felt the pressure of the moment as he fumbled his attempt when he drove the ball long towards the spectators. With Messi failing to give Argentina the lead, some hopes of Argentina winning the title were lost a bit. It was a practical failure that may have caused Argentina?s morale to lower a bit.
Nicolas Castillo scored the match?s first goal and gave Chile a 1-0 lead, but only for a moment as Argentina?s Javier Mascherano evened the score during his turn. Charles Aranguiz then made it 2-1 for Chile, and again Argentina kept abreast via Kun Aguero?s converted attempt. Jean Beausejour then put Chile one up at 3-2 and this time, Argentina failed to answer as Claudio Bravo denied Lucas Biglia. Argentina then collected their third near miss for a major international title as Francisco Silva sealed the win for Chile.
See the highlights and penalties of the Copa America final 2016 below:
Messi, who missed a crucial chance, told TyC Sports, an Argentinian network, that it is over for him and the national team. He added that it has been four finals that he failed and he thinks his dream is over. Winning one for his country, he stated, was the thing he wanted most.
According to USA Today, Messi was crushed as he failed to deliver something for his country since 1993. As a five-time FIFA Player of the Year award recipient with eight La Liga crowns and four Champions League titles for his club, the Barcelona FC, under his waist, this would not tarnish his legacy.
Is this decision final? Or was it made in the heat of the moment? Should Messi be back for his national team before this haunts him later in his life? Leave your comments below.