Summary

  • Chile win Copa America crown for a second successive year.
  • Both teams end match with ten men.
  • Vidal misses penalty in shootout, but Vargas finishes as top scorer at the competition.

Bundesliga trio Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Eduardo Vargas helped Chile retain the Copa America title they won last year after overcoming Argentina 4-2 in a penalty shootout in Sunday's final.

Argentina 0–0 Chile (Chile win 4-2 on penalties)

Sent off: Diaz (29'), Rojo (43')

All three of La Roja's Bundesliga representatives started for the defending champions, but it was Argentina who got off to the better start, eager to avenge defeat in last year's final against Chile and end a 23-year wait for a major trophy.

Gonzalo Higuain had the first clear chance but fired wide when through one-on-one with Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. A feisty first half came to an end with both teams down to ten men, as former Hamburger SV midfielder Marcelo Diaz was sent off for two clumsy fouls on Lionel Messi, before Marcos Rojo was expelled for a dangerous tackle on Vidal.

Charles Aranguiz (r.) was a tireless presence in midfield as Chile kept Lionel Messi (l.) under wraps in the Copa America final.

The second period remained goalless, forcing the tie into extra time. Vargas had a wonderful opportunity to win it, but he could not get enough power behind a free header around the penalty spot. Ultimately it had to be decided in a penalty shootout and although Vidal missed Chile's first spot-kick, his team-mates – Aranguiz included - made no mistake and secured Chile's second successive Copa America title.

Line-ups

Argentina: Romero – Mercado, Otamendi, Funes Mori, Rojo – Biglia, Mascherano, Banega (Lamela 111') – Messi (c), Higuain (Agüero 70'), Di Maria (Kranevitter 57')

Coach: Gerardo Martino

Chile: Bravo (c) - Isla, Medel, Jara, Beausejour – Vidal, Diaz, Aranguiz – Fuenzalida (Puch 80'), Vargas (Castillo 109'), Sanchez (Silva 104')

Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi

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