Chile wins Copa America for first time on penalties
Host Chile won the Copa America on Saturday in Santiago to lift its first major trophy in history, beating Argentina, 4-1, in a penalty shootout.
The score remained 0-0 after 120 minutes, leading to penalty kicks. Gonzalo Higuain and Ever Banega missed their shots for Argentina in Santiago’s National Stadium after Lionel Messi made the first shot.
Matias Fernandez, Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez were all on target for Chile.
Captain Claudio Bravo lifted the trophy before an exultant home crowd.
The current generation of Chile players, led by Vidal, Sanchez, Bravo and Argentinian-born Coach Jorge Sampaoli, became the best in the country’s history, at least in terms of results.
Argentina, which lost the 2007 Copa America final and last year’s World Cup final, was unable to win its country’s first senior title since 1993.
Uruguay remains the team with the most Copa America titles, 15, while Argentina stays at 14. Chile had been runner-up four times.
Inthe first half, Chile controlled possession and exercised great pressure on Argentina. The second half started with intensity but without clear chances, though Chile came closest. Sanchez sent a volley wide off the far post in the 81st minute. Crew rallies past Red Bulls
Kei Kamara set up Ethan Finlay’s two goals, and the Columbus Crew rallied to beat the visiting New York Red Bulls, 2-1, in MLS play.
The Kamara-to-Finlay connection was a role reversal for the league leaders in goals (Kamara 12) and assists (Finlay 10).
Finlay punched in Kamara’s header to give Columbus the lead in the 74th minute. The Crew (66-6) held on from there and moved ahead of the Red Bulls (6-6-5) in the Eastern Conference standings.