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COPA AMERICA: Chile make it back-to-back wins over Argentina

Chile have lifted their second straight Copa America title courtesy of a penalty shootout win over Argentina.

La Roja backed up their 2015 triumph in Santiago by winning the 2016 Copa America 4-2 on penalties over La Albiceleste at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

It was a fiery affair throughout which prompted Brazilian referee Heber Lopes to issue two red cards - one to each side - and book six other players as the fierce challenges flew around in front of a massive crowd of 82,026 in East Rutherford.

Chile's Marcelo Diaz received a second yellow in the 28th minute which saw his side reduced to 10 men before Marcos Rojo was harshly sent off for a challenge on Arturo Vidal in the 43rd minute.

With the personnel disadvantage evened up late in the first half, the two sides were given the freedom to play as they would have with 11 v 11, which brought about a number of scoring chances as the minutes ticked over.

Chile keeper Claudio Bravo was at his absolute best on a couple of occasions, once to deny a well-placed Sergio Aguero header, while Sergio Romero had less to do but when called upon he produced some quality saves for Argentina.

Neither team were able to breach the opposing defence which forced the game into penalties, just as it finished last year in Chile.

Vidal stepped up first and saw his 12-yard attempt well-saved by Romero before Lionel Messi proved he is human after all by badly skying his spot kick, relieving the pressure on La Roja.

Nicolas Castillo, in just his fifth international, put Chile in front before Javier Mascherano tied it up. Charles Aranguiz converted, as did Aguero, before Jean Beausejour put Chile in pole position with a lovely left-footed effort.

Lucas Biglia then saw his penalty saved by Bravo before Francisco Silva stepped up and sunk his spot-kick to give Chile the win.

It was a second-straight win for the Chileans, coached by Juan Antonio Pizzi, while it was a fourth defeat in the last five Copa America finals for Tata Martino's Argentina who were beaten last year as well as in 2007 and 2004.

2016 Copa America - Final

Argentina: 0 (red card: Marcos Rojo 42')
Chile: 0 (red card: Marcelo Diaz 28')
*Chile won 4-2 on penalties

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey - 82,026

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