In a match that ended up in penalties, I don’t think anyone really thought of the outcome that we got.
26 June 2016: Argentina 0 (2) – 0 (4) Chile
Man of the Match: Claudio Bravo (Chile)
I don’t know what was expected out of this match but I think most expected Argentina to get revenge on Chile from last year’s Copa America loss. The game started a bit physically (more like nastily). Chile were reduced to 10 men in the 28th minute on a terrible call. Messi ran into Diaz and it resulted in Diaz receiving his second yellow card for a sending off. In the 42nd minute, however, Marcos Rojo was sent off for Argentina on a straight red card. The half ended scoreless and with everyone wondering if the ref thought the match was about him. The match started well for both teams, aside from the ridiculous fouls. After 90+1 the match went to extra time. Argentina dominated the play and Higuain missed a sitter but there were no goals and we went to penalties.
Chile went first with Vidal but Romero saved it. Messi was next, for Argentina, and skied his penalty. Castillo (Chile), Mascherano (Argentina), Aranguiz (Chile), Aguero (Argentina), and Beausejour (Chile) all made their penalties. Then it was Biglia’s turn for Argentina but his shot was saved by Claudio Bravo, meaning Chile retain their title of Copa America Champions!
The big news following the match was that Messi and Mascherano announced their intentions of retiring from international play. In addition, La Nacion (an Argentine paper) announced that Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain may be next. While ESPN Deportes said that Angel di Maria, Lucas Biglia, Ezequiel Lavezzi & Ever Banega could follow suit. There is something going on in the Argentina camp, and it’s not good. I even found myself defending the crap out of Messi. You know there’s something wrong when I lose the schadenfreude for defending him! And unfortunately the news has taken away from the fact that Chile have emerged as a football powerhouse.
Congrats to Chile!!