Chile wins Copa America Centenario!
(June 26th, 2016) Chile and Argentina tied 0-0 and as in 2015, Pizzi’s team won the Copa America title on penalty kicks. The result was 4-2 at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.
The big final between Argentina and Chile closed the Copa America Centenario’s 2016 edition at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, in front of more than 80,000 attendees.
Just like in last year’s edition, the title was snatched by the Chilean team, who beat Argentina’s men 4-2 in penalty-kick shootout, following a 0-0 deadlock over 120 minutes of play.
During the first half, both teams were downed to ten men: first Marcelo Díaz was sent off on a double yellow card –two fouls on Messi- and then Marcos Rojo was given a straight red for a harsh tackle from behind on Arturo Vidal.
Martino’s team had clearer scoring chances. In the first half, Gonzalo Higuaín took advantage of Medel’s mistake but could not beat Claudio Bravo in the end and missed the goal.
Then, in extra-time, substitute Sergio Agüero tried to score a header but Bravo pulled off a stunning save, avoiding Argentina’s goal.
Closing a very even and physical game, resulting from the tension and rivalry between both teams, it was time for the penalty-kick shootout, where Pizzi’s team turned out to be more effective.
Sergio Romero saved Vidal’s opening penalty kick, but then Messi, face to face with Barcelona colleague Bravo, blasted the ball over the goal. From then onwards, Chile did not miss one shot (Castillo, Aránguiz, Beausejour and Silva scored) and the Albiceleste missed one more time with Biglia (Mascherano and Agüero scored).
So, like in 2015, the Roja won the Copa America title, it’s second in history, and is leaving the United States with the Copa America Centenario trophy.