Argentina are now recovering from their major international final loss within 13 months. After losing last summer’s 2014 World Cup to Germany, fans were desperate for a win against Chile in Saturday’s final. But that was not to be, as Argentina lost 4-1 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.
Chile and Argentina came into the final with attacking talent on either side, which is why many viewers will have been surprised by a lack of goals. Argentina had demolished Paraguay 6-1 in their semi-final, and it appeared that they were at last finding their groove.
Over 120 minutes of play, Argentina could only hold 43% of possession and created just two shots on target from eight total attempts. Chile pressured Argentina for the entire game and were worthy winners of the first Copa America in their history, managing the feat in front of a home crowd in the football results yesterday (4 July).