Chile break Lionel Messi’s heart once again, by winning Copa America

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Lionel Messi: dejected

Lionel Messi: dejected

Chile are champions again

Chile are champions of the Americas again, winning back-to-back the Copa America. And by so doing, they have crushed the heart of the world’s most gifted player, Lionel Messi. Chile’s victory at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey United States, marked the third final that Messi would lose as a member of the Argentine team.

Francisco Silva’s penalty kick sealed the Copa America Centenario championship for Chile with their 4-2 win on penalties following a 0-0 draw against rival Argentina Sunday night in a dramatic Final at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Chile, FIFA’s fifth-ranked national team, defended its 2015 Copa America title, also won on penalties over Argentina. Argentina are still seeking their first major tournament title since 1993.

After Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo stopped Lucas Biglia’s shot in the fourth round of the shootout, Chile needed only to make their fifth try to win, and Silva buried it as La Roja outscored Argentina 4-2 in the shootout. Silva’s winner came moments after Argentina superstar Lionel Messi shockingly missed over the goal.

The contentious finale of the tournament saw 35 fouls called with eight yellow cards and two red cards issued, the first red to Marcelo Diaz of Chile in the 28th minute after he collided with Messi. Consequently, Chile played with 10 men. But only for 15 minutes.

East Rutherford, NJ - Sunday June 26, 2016: Chile celebrates during a Copa America Centenario finals match between Argentina (ARG) and Chile (CHI) at MetLife Stadium.

East Rutherford, NJ – Sunday June 26, 2016: Chile celebrates during a Copa America Centenario finals match between Argentina (ARG) and Chile (CHI) at MetLife Stadium.

Messi was fouled several times as Chile were physical in marking the diminutive forward, and even he was shown yellow for embellishment …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper