Chile beats Argentina to win first Copa America title

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Monday, July 6, 2015

On Saturday, host nation Chile defeated Argentina 4–1 over penalties in the 2015 Copa América ((en))Spanish language: ‍America Cup, which was held in Estadio Nacional located in the Chilean city of Santiago, to clinch the title for the very first time.

File photo of Alexis Sanchez, who scored the winning penalty of the tournament.
Image: Government of Chile.

The first half saw 3 yellow cards. In total, both halves, 49 fouls were committed. Nobody scored in the first half of the match. Chile had 57% possession of the ball. The second half saw 4 yellow cards, but neither team could find the net. Since the second half ended in 0–0, the match proceeded to extra time. Gonzalo Higuaín missed some chances to score a goal for Argentina. Argentina has not won any major trophy in the past 22 years.

Chile began the penalty-shootout. Chilean players converted each penalty kick into goal, whereas except for FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi, no other Argentine could score a penalty. Misses by Higuaín and Banega turned out to be costly for Argentina and the final strike by Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez sealed the victory by the host nation.

Chilean captain Claudio Bravo won the golden glove trophy and Eduardo Vargas won top scorer award.

Match details

July 4, 2015
17:00 CLT (UTC−3)
Chile 0–0
4-1 (penalties)
Argentina Estadio Nacional, Santiago
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Fernández Penalty scored
Vidal Penalty scored
Aránguiz Penalty scored
Sánchez Penalty scored
Penalty scored Messi
Missed Higuaín
Missed Banega

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GK 1 Claudio Bravo (c)
5 Francisco Silva Booked after 24 minutes 24'
21 Marcelo Díaz Booked after 44 minutes 44'
17 Gary Medel Booked after 34 minutes 34'
4 Mauricio Isla
20 Charles Aránguiz Booked after 86 minutes 86'
8 Arturo Vidal
15 Jean Beausejour
10 Jorge Valdivia Substituted off after 75 minutes 75'
11 Eduardo Vargas Substituted off after 95 minutes 95'
7 Alexis Sánchez
14 Matías Fernández Substituted on after 75 minutes 75'
22 Ángelo Henríquez Substituted on after 95 minutes 95'
Jorge Sampaoli
GK 1 Sergio Romero
4 Pablo Zabaleta
15 Martín Demichelis
17 Nicolás Otamendi
16 Marcos Rojo Booked after 55 minutes 55'
6 Lucas Biglia
14 Javier Mascherano  Booked after 55 minutes 55'
21 Javier Pastore Substituted off after 81 minutes 81'
10 Lionel Messi (c)
11 Sergio Agüero Substituted off after 74 minutes 74'
7 Ángel Di María Substituted off after 29 minutes 29'
22 Ezequiel Lavezzi Substituted on after 29 minutes 29'
9 Gonzalo Higuaín Substituted on after 74 minutes 74'
19 Éver Banega Booked after 91 minutes 91'  Substituted on after 81 minutes 81'
Gerardo Martino

Man of the Match:
Arturo Vidal (Chile)

Assistant referees:
Alexander Guzmán (Colombia)
Cristian De La Cruz (Colombia)
Fourth official:
José Argote (Venezuela)
Fifth official:
Christian Lescano (Ecuador)