Chile seal Copa America repeat withshoot out win over Argentina

Sport360 staff 27/06/2016
The finest of the Americas: Chile.

Chile retained the Copa America with a 4-2 victory over Argentina on penalties as the sides drew 0-0 after extra time at MetLife Stadium.

In a repeat final of last year when Chile also won on spot kicks both teams finished with 10 men in a bad-tempered clash as Argentina’s Marcos Rojo and Chile’s Marcelo Diaz saw red in the first half.

Lionel Messi and Lucas Biglia missed penalties for Argentina in the shootout to hand Chile their second Copa title and La Albiceleste have now gone 23 years without a major title.

The early stages had a physical element to them with Messi and Angel Di Maria both being victims of heavy challenges as Chile looked to make their presence felt.

Diaz became the first of seven players to go into the book for a rash challenge on Messi 35 yards out in the 17th minute. Messi’s tame free-kick was then easily gathered by Claudio Bravo.

Quick feet from Di Maria created an inch of space for himself but he sliced his shot at goal over the bar.

Gonzalo Higuain then had a wonderful opportunity to open the scoring in the 23rd minute, bursting clear of the Chile defence but as Bravo held his ground, Higuain poked his shot wide.

Argentina were enjoyed the bulk of possession – and chances – and Nicolas Otamendi glanced a header wide from a Messi free-kick.

Chile were reduced to 10 men in the 28th minute when Diaz was harshly shown a second yellow card for blocking Messi.

Bravo then had to sprawl across his goal to turn away another effort from Di Maria as Argentina continued to dominate the game.

Argentina’s Javier Mascherano and Chile’s Arturo Vidal were booked after some pushing and shoving in the penalty box and moments later Messi followed them into the book for diving under minimal contact from a Chile defender.

And three minutes before the break La Albiceleste were reduced to 10 men themselves when Rojo was shown a straight red card after going through the back of Vidal.

Higuain was again presented with a great chance in the 56th minute but his turn and shot from 10 yards out did not test Bravo.

Messi picked out substitute Sergio Aguero with 16 minutes of normal time remaining but the Manchester City frontman blazed his effort high and wide.

Sergio Romero was called on to make his first save of the game after 79 minutes as Eduardo Vargas escaped down the right but shot straight at the goalkeeper from an acute angle.

Aguero then fired another effort well over the bar as the game went into extra time.

Romero had to be sharp in the first period of extra time to pluck Vargas’ diving header out of the air then at the other end Bravo pulled off a brilliant save to tip Aguero’s header over the bar.

The sides could not be separated in the second period of extra time and the game went to a shootout where Vidal saw Romero save his attempt.

Messi blasted high and wide and Bravo saved Biglia’s kick leaving Francisco to fire home the winning penalty and give Chile a second straight title.

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Colombia vs Chile: 5 Copa America semi-final talking points

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Chile and Colombia go head-to-head

Colombia have impressed in their Copa America bow but they will now face Chile which are in a period of transition, yet have been impressive.

Chile, being the defending Copa America champions, have had a challenging journey through this tournament. Yet, they only lost one game, versus the favorites: Argentina.

We take a look at the main topics of discussion ahead of the semi-final clash…

ARTURO’S ABSENCE 

Vidal has been outstanding, orchestrating the midfield and a tenacious in the tackle. The Bayern Munich mainstay’s absence will be sorely felt and boss Juan Antonio Pizzi does not have a like-for-like replacement.

TINKERMAN PEKERMAN

The Colombia boss is feeling the heat for his constant chopping and changing at this Copa. The dramatic overhaul for the Costa Rica clash was foolish and against Peru their 4-2-3-1 struggled. Changes may be made and this time he has to get it right.

THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE POSTS

While Los Cafeteros shot stopper David Ospina has been their most impressive player at this tournament despite being relegated to the bench at Arsenal last season. In contrast, Claudio Bravo has suffered through his fair share of howlers, culminating in a below-par display against Panama in the group stages.

RODRIGUEZ RETURN TO FORM CRUCIAL

The Real Madrid star has had a difficult season at the Bernabeu and while he has been an integral part of Colombia’s attacking trident, alongside Edwin Cardona and Juan Cuadrado, individually he’s only shown glimpses of his best form. He must spark into life to help break down a stingy Chile defence.

CHILE MUST REMAIN RED HOT

Their 7-0 rout of Mexico in the quarter-final was practically perfect. Their high-pressure game suffocated El Tri and they have to maintain that style of play even without their beating heart Vidal in the side. Colombia represent a different threat but the momentum gained from that victory could be crucial for La Roja.

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Croatia 2-1 Spain on Facebook: Luka Modric the talk of the social network

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Modric helped his keeper save Sergio Ramos' penalty.

During the Group D match between Croatia and Spain, 3 million people had 5.4 million interactions across Facebook as the third screen continues to become an integral part of how sports fans engage with live events.

Here, we look at the three most talked about moments as well as the five players that got fingers tapping away at keys.

THREE MOST TALKED ABOUT MOMENTS

1. CROATIA’S KALINIC SCORES.

Having fallen behind early on, Croatia were in need of something special to come back into the game. Nikola Kalinis provided just that with one of the best goals of Euro 2016 so far, a finish resembling more a martial arts move than a footballer’s finish.

2. MORATA IS FLAGGED OFFSIDE

Having given Spain the lead, Alvaro Morata’s effort was more remembered for calls that he was in fact offside. Once he was flagged, it seemed Facebook users were quick to have their say.

3. PERISIC GIVES CROATIA THE LEAD

As the match went down the wire to the final 4 minutes, Ivan Perisic scored a vital goal which saw Croatia beat Spain and claim top spot in the group.

FIVE MOST DISCUSSED PLAYERS

1. LUKA MODRIC- 16% of conversation

Modric missed out on this one due to injury but still had fans talking. Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic thanked Modric for predicting which way Sergio Ramos would hit his missed penalty, getting people talking even as video of the Chinese whispers went viral.

2. SERGIO RAMOS – 12%

Ramos missing a potentially decisive penalty was obviously going to get people talking and the Real Madrid man’s failure from the spot was certainly a conversation starter.

3. ALVARO MORATA – 10%

Morata opened the scoring in the match’s seventh minute, seeing the Spain striker liked and shared enormously on Facebook. Having completed his return to Real Madrid this week, Morata proved his value.

4. ANDRES INIESTA – 7%

From Ivan Rakitic’s glowing tribute to his Barcelona teammate to Iniesta’s admission that he was going to take the fated penalty, the midfield maestro was a name on a lot of people’s lips.

5. MARKO ROG – 5%

Rog was given a yellow card early on for tripping Cesc Fabregas, before being replaced by Mateo Kovacic in a display so dreary it got people chatting for largely the wrong reasons.

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