Chile wins Copa Amer­ica for first time on penal­ties

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - CHILE 0 (4), AR­GENTINA 0 (1) FROM NEWS SER­VICES

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.

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