La Roja claim shootout win to secure Copa America triumph

La Roja claim shootout win to secure Copa America triumph
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In a repeat of last year’s final, Chile won the 2016 Copa America Centenario in the early hours of Monday morning, beating Argentina 4-2 on penalties in New Jersey.

And the heartbreak was too much to take for Lionel Messi, who then announced his retirement from international football.

After 120 minutes without goals, the decider went to a penalty shootout. Despite missing their opening kick when Arturo Vidal saw his shot saved by Sergio Romero, Chile converted all of their remaining penalties and retain the Copa America trophy.

Messi blasted his penalty kick high over the bar, before Lucas Biglia saw his attempt well saved by Chile’s goalkeeper and Messi’s Barcelona team-mate, Claudio Bravo.

The match was bitty and somewhat violent, with few clear-cut chances and many cards.

Both sides were also reduced to ten men in the first half, with Marcelo Diaz and Marcos Rojo seeing red for Chile and Argentina.

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