Chile wins Copa America 2015 final on penalties

Chile‘s wait for a major trophy come to an end after they beat Argetina 4-1 on penalties in the 2015 Copa America final.

They were one of four teams who took part in the very first tournament in 1916 in Argentina but the best they had ever done was finishing as runner-up, a feat they have achieved on four occasions (1955, 1956, 1979 and 1987).

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez slotted in the winning spot-kick after Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain fired over and Ever Banega was denied by Claudio Bravo.

Chile's Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring the winning penalty

Chile’s Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring the winning penalty

Higuain had earlier missed a good chance towards the end of 90 minutes and could not make matters better when he failed to convert his penalty.

Sanchez came closest in extra time for Chile, who scored all four of their penalties in the shootout.

Chile captain Bravo lifted the nation’s first ever trophy in front of president Michelle Bachelet and nearly 50,000 Chileans who packed the Estadio Nacional, waving Chile’s red, blue and white flags.

Jorge Sampaoli the Chile coach was pleased stating how Alexis Sánchez penalty gave him unbelievable joy,” he said in the press conference after the match.

“Alexis’ penalty gave me an unbelievable joy”He continued, “These players did a great job. They went out in search of this Copa. I didn’t see one play in the whole competition to suggest that Chile was not better than their rivals.”

Argentina come into the final as slight favorites with a superb record of 6 wins, 3 draws and only one loss against Chile but could not avoid defeat in the final.

The Le Albiceleste had also demolished Paraguay 6-1 in the semi-finals and with four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi aiming for a major trophy, they were expected to win the Copa America tournament but still fell short.

Lionel Messi walks passed the Copa America Trophy after Chile beat Argetina in the final.

The result extended Argetina’s 22year title drought since winning the 1993 Copa America in Ecuador and Messi continues to face criticism of below performances on the national team.

Argentina’s disappointment comes less than a year since the 1-0 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil.

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