Chile won once again on penalties after 120 goalless minutes
Penalties again. Argentina were dominating a large part of the game, weren't clinical enough during the 120 minutes and ended up paying the price in the penalty shootout. Leo Messi missed his penalty by sending it over the crossbar, Silva's goal gave the victory to Pizzi's men.
The first half was marked by the excessive role of the referee. To the usual rough South American game was added a referee that didn't help the fluidity of the game and who gave bookings here and there. Messi provoked the sending off of Marcelo Díaz after 27 minutes of play, for two fouls on him. The game seemed to be well led by Argentina, until Tata Martino's men also went down to 10 men after Rojo was sent off, before half-time. As for chances, Higuain had the clearest one and one of the best of the game. "Pipita failed an easy one-on-one against Bravo, sending the ball out.
In the second half the tendency didn't change. We didn't see much football, because of a twitchy game full of fouls. As minutes went by the two teams made sure defence was on point by making substitutions. The fear for both national teams to lose sent the game to extra-time. Messi put his team on his back and was at the conclusion of almost every chance of the Argentines, but the Albiceleste fell on Claudio Bravo. The Blaugrana goalkeeper made a spectacular save, that will be remembered for some time, to avoid a goal from Agüero. Chile brought danger on the break and their wings. The clearest chance was one of Alexis Sanches that was deflected by Funes Mori. The lack of efficiency led to the penalty shootout.
In the shootout, luck once again turned its back to Messi. Leo and Biglia failed their penalties respectively, while only Vidal missed on the Chile's side, that won 4-2.