Chile beats Argentina in Copa America final

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For the second straight year, the Copa America final went to penalty kicks. And for the second straight year, Argentina and Chile couldn’t score in regulation, playing 120 minutes at 0-0. And, once again, Chile is the Copa America champion.

After entering 2015 without a trophy, Chile has now won back-to-back Copa America titles, beating its South American neighbors 4-2 in penalty kicks. Lionel Messi skied his penalty kick and Chile was near perfect, securing cup glory once again as Francisco Silva scored the winner.

It was a match that had very few quality opportunities, with more balls seemingly reaching the stands than the goal. Argentina looked strong and saw more of the ball, but Messi wasn’t his usual self and Chile’s defense led by Gary Medel caused the Argentines problems.

Back and forth they went in regulation and in extra time, with both sides playing a good portion of the game with 10 men as Argentina’s Marcus Rojo and Chile’s Marcelo Diaz received red cards.

In the penalty kicks, Messi was first up for Argentina after Romero saved Arturo Vidal, and he sent his into the stands inexplicably. From there, Chile wouldn’t miss again while Lucas Biglia of Argentina saw his saved by Claudio Bravo in the fourth round of kicks looking to make it 3-3. Silva made his, and it was all over, with Argentina’s title drought still standing from the 1993 Copa America.

In the end, Messi couldn’t be calmed down as he stuck his face in his shirt and let his emotions go. It was the third straight year that Argentina had lost a cup final. Before the back-to-back Copa America defeats, Argentina fell to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.

 

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