Chile win their first Copa America in the penalty shoot-out
Bravo won his first Copa America -also Chile's first- at Stadio Nacional de Santiago de Chile this Saturday. Chile beat Argentina in the penalty shoot-out after a very long match with extra-time, a lot of tackles and very few goal chances.
Chile started well with Vargas, Vidal and Sanchez connected. The Juventus' midfielder had a clear chance to beat Romero in the 11th minute, but his shot with the left-foot was saved by the goalkeeper.
Messi just couldn't. With Gary Medel always marking him, Barcelona's star couldn't play at his best and lost another final after last year's World Cup at Brazil. Claudio Bravo, with a couple of good saves, completed a great firs half, while Angel Di Maria had to leave the pitch due to an injury. Manchester United's winger was replaced by Ezequiel Lavezzi.
In the second half Chile started to play even better and Argentina just looked for the counter-attack. Tata Martino's team had a very clear chance on Higuain's foot in the very last minute, but former Real Madrid striker didn't shoot on target.
In the extra-time none of the team's could score and there was a penalty shoot-out to decide the champion. Bravo was the heroe and Messi the only Argentinian who scored. Higuain and Banega failed. Alexis Sanchez scored the winner. Chile won their first Copa America and Argentina will have to try the next time.