Chile beat Argentina 4-2 during penalty shoot-out, in the final of the Copa America final played at the MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, to emerge as winner of the title, putting tears and gnashing of teeth in the Argentine national team who were hoping to win a major title and break the 23-year old trophy drought.
La Roja lost to Argentina in the group stage of the match by 2-1, but won their opponent in their second meeting of the tournament which eventually was the finals of the tournament, the second meeting was more significant as it was the match that guaranteed the trophy.
The match ended 0-0 after 90 minutes of play, leading into extra-time that still yielded no goal and the winner were eventually determined through penalties. Chile won the game after scoring four of their penalties, while Lionel Messi’s loss of the spot-kick was the heaviest blow to the Argentine side.
Chile’s defeat of Argentina in the final of the Copa America Centenario, is a confirmation of the fact their beating Argentina in the final of the Chile 2015 Copa America, was not based on home-advantage. They established superiority over the Argentine side winning them back-to-back in two consecutive finals to win two major titles.
Winning the Copa America Centenario would have been a motivation and consolation to some members of the Argentine squad, who had put in their best for the nation in the last ten years and have also achieved huge success as far football is concerned in club football.
But that is football for you, you don’t win it all.