Argentina 0-0-0 0
Chile 0-0-0 0(P)
Chile are repeat Copa America champions for the first time in their nation’s history. Claudio Bravo made a huge save on Lucas Biglia, and Lionel Messi missed a kick in penalties for the first time in his career.
It played out similar to last year’s Copa final, when Chile hosted and bested Argentina in Santiago. That match also went to penalties, where Chile won 5-4 to win their firs-ever Copa America title.
The game first went sideways in the 28th minute, when Marcelo Diaz was shown his second yellow card of the first half. His first challenge was fair, but on the second he seemed to only block Messi’s path, and some will say the sendoff was unjust.
But the playing field was leveled before halftime, as Marcus Rojo was shown a questionable red card for his takedown of Arturo Vidal. There were near-scuffles after multiple fouls leading up to this point, and this may have been the official’s way of settling the score.
It’s joy for Chile, and misery for Argentina. Their streak without a major international title stays at 23 years, and Messi is still without a trophy for his country.
Penalty Shootout Decides Copa America Centenario
240 scoreless minutes in the last two Copa America finals, and for the second straight year we will have a penalty shootout. Hold your breath, and keep refreshing this page for the updated results.
Romero’s Diving Save Keeps the Score Clean
Eduardo Vargas tries his luck on goal with an uncontested header, but Sergio Romero makes a diving save and calmly handles the clearance. Argentina are getting more aggressive in possession, and it’s leading to great chances for Chile at the other end.
Scoreless After 90 Minutes
I would say Argentina have had the better chances and it’s true, but Chile were dangerously close on the Beausejour cross. Lots and lots of yellow cards on the field as the players prepare for 30 extra minutes, something that could mean the difference in this final.
Great Chances at Both Ends in the Final Minutes
Chile looked sure to score, as a low cross from Beausejour was only narrowly blocked away by Funes Mori. That started the break for Messi, who tried to take it to Bravo himself but sailed his shot over goal.
Aguero Blasts a Chance Over the Goal With Under 10 Minutes Left
Aguero’s first chance comes on a nice through ball from Messi, but the Manchester City striker is unable to keep his shot down. Argentina are getting the more dangerous chances in the last ten minutes, as this game is playing out too similar to Chile’s championship win last summer.
Higuain Comes Off for Aguero at 70′
Kun Aguero comes on for the final 20 minutes, hoping to give Argentina a spark in the final third. Higuain comes off, probably thinking about that miss earlier that could’ve put Argentina ahead.
Chile Ruled Offsides & Blow a Huge Chance at 65 Minutes
It’s been much quieter in the second half, with players on both teams behaving. But there haven’t been many clear scoring chances, save a few wide shots from both teams But Chile got on the break 20 minutes into the final half, but were unable to convert after an outlet pass was ruled offsides.
Marcus Rojo Sees Red 15 Minutes Later to Make it Even
The constant fouling has gotten to Argentina, as a scuffle ensues that results in Marcus Rojo being shown a straight red. The referee will come under criticism for this one, after rushing in quick with the card and not maintaining control of the match. Scoreless at halftime, with two red cards and maybe more on the horizon.
Marcelo Diaz is Shown Red at 28 Minutes
Chile have been aggressive on defense throughout the first half, and have really paid for it here. Diaz totally impedes Messi’s break on goal, sending the Argentine flying into the air. Argentina can now control this match as Chile must now play with 10.
Argentina’s First Chance Sends Medel Into the Post
Messi sets up Higuain with a glorious chance, but the Napoli striker’s chip only barely clears Claudio Bravo. The bouncing ball was headed out of play, but that was made sure by Chilean defender Gary Medel, who slammed into the goalpost making sure the ball stayed out.
Chile Start Strong, But Could be Affected by Early Injuries
If there was one word to describe the first ten minutes of this Copa America final, it would be physical. First it’s Sanchez, who took a knock in training and injured his ankle on an early foul. Fuenzalida and Vargas both spent time on the ground, the former taking a ball off the face. Argentina were not spared, as Angel Di Maria, returning to the lineup after injury, appeared to be favoring his knee. Erik Lamela warming up on the sidelines for Argentina.