Chile upset favourites Argentina with a a penalty shoot-out victory in the Copa America final at MetLife Stadium on Sunday to retain their title in the world’s oldest continental soccer competition.
Messi missed such a crucial penalty. Arturo Vidal saw Chile’s first spot kick saved by Sergio Romero. Leo Messi stepped up to take Argentina’s first penalty and… blazed it over.
With the dynamic Artur Vidal back after suspension, Chile earned themselves bragging rights as South America’s dominant team as they beat heavyweights Argentina on penalties for a second straight year in the tournament decider.
The two sides were deadlocked 0-0 after 90 minutes and also after another half an hour of extra time in a match where both teams were reduced to 10 men in the first half.
An attritional climax at the MetLife Stadium saw both sides reduced to 10 men in the first half after Chile’s Marcelo Diaz and Argentina’s Marcos Rojo were shown red cards.