Football: Chile beat Argentina in penalty shootout to win Copa America

Chile's players celebrate after defeating Argentina in the penalty shoot-out and winning the Copa America Centenario final.
Chile's players celebrate after defeating Argentina in the penalty shoot-out and winning the Copa America Centenario final.PHOTO: AFP

EAST RUTHERFORD (New Jersey) (REUTERS) - Chile upset favourites Argentina with a penalty shootout victory (4-2) in the Copa America final at MetLife Stadium on Sunday (US time) to retain their title in the world's oldest continental soccer competition.

With the dynamic Arturo 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.

Both Vidal and Lionel Messi missed their penalties, before Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved Argentine Lucas Biglia's penalty. Francisco Silva sealed the victory for Chile.


Argentina's Lionel Messi gestures after missing his shot during the penalty shoot-out against Chile during the Copa America Centenario final. PHOTO: AFP

Argentina's Marcos Rojo and Chile's Marcelo Diaz both drew red cards on Sunday. Diaz got his marching orders after picking up a second booking after colliding with Lionel Messi. Chilean Arturo Vidal went down after a heavy challenge from Rojo. The match was watched by more than 82,000.