Another disappointment for Argentina as Chile sneak out a victory via penalty shootout
Chile beat Argentina 4-1 in the shootout of the Copa America finals
99 years is what it took Chile to lift the Copa America crown as they defeated their much fancied opponents Argentina 4-1 in the penalty shootout after both sides remained goal less in the 90 minutes of play and an additional 30 minutes of extra time.
Lionel Messi stepped up to score Argentina’s first spot kick but, as the first three Chileans converted unerringly, Gonzalo Higuain and Ever Banega missed.
“Our whole idea was to win something, we knew that this was the moment,” goalkeeper Claudio Bravo told reporters.
“This is a privileged generation and now it is time to enjoy it. We are not used to winning anything so this is an exception.”
Chile’s Argentina-born coach Jorge Sampaoli said his side had deserved to win. “We had to play a great game against one of the world’s best teams for the quality of players,” Sampaoli said. “We should have won in 90 minutes, but ended up getting justice.”
A major International trophy still missing form Messi’s cabinet
Call it coincidence or irony but the fact remains that Lionel Messi- one of the most popular footballers around the globe is still to lift a major trophy while wearing the Argentina jersey. The Copa America finals too proved to be a so near yet so far case for the Argentine when Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez struck the winning spot-kick for Chile, as the hosts clinched a 4-1 shoot-out victory.
Messi has won four Champions League titles and seven La Liga crowns. He’s finished in the top two of the World Player of the Year/Ballon D’Or voting each of the last nine years and rewritten most conceivable European scoring records. Yet for some these records mean nothing until the Argentine wins at least one major title with his home team.