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Summary

  1. Chile win first Copa America final
  2. Higuain & Banega fail to score in shootout
  3. Cagey final of very few chances
  4. Argentina without a major trophy in 22 years

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By Phil Dawkes

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Chile win the Copa America

Lionel Messi walks past the trophu
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It was a bit of a slog at times during the 120 minutes of normal and extra time, but what a dramatic and satisfying end to the final. Chile were brave as Argentina wilted.

La Albiceleste are left with only questions. What changed from the semi-final? Where was Messi? What has happened to Higuain?

La Roja can celebrate long and hard. Bet Santiago is fun this evening. Good night.

Cheers for Chile, tears for Argentina

Chile win the Copa America

It was game in which the destroyers kicked, grappled and smothered the playmakers. Messi wasn't given a yard of space as Chile stifled Argentina's attack. In that regard Jorge Sampaoli's game-plan worked perfectly. Apparently he'd studied hours of tapes of Barcelona in action to discover the key to stopping Messi. But through-out the tournament the Chileans have shown a strong will-to-win, which at times could even be described as dirty. Jara's finger the perfect case in point. They out-fought Uruguay and stamped out Argentina's goal menace. Chile has never won the Copa America in the competition's 99 year history, but with such a strong team there was clearly a feeling inside the country of 'now or never'. And so it went to penalties. Maybe it was just the smoggy air but it seemed almost impossible to breathe inside the stadium. It was now!

Richard PadulaBBC World Service in Santiago

Chile end a century of hurt

Chile win the Copa America

That $25,000 price-tag for a ticket for this game probably feels quite cheap right now for the fans in this ground. This is history in the making.

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

CHILE WIN THE COPA AMERICA

There it is! The Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos erupts as Alexis Sanchez slots home the coolest of spot-kicks. They held their nerve and are rewarded with a first Copa America, a first ever major trophy, right in front of their own supporters. And they are rightly going mad.

GOAL

Chile 4-1 Argentina - Alexis Sanchez

Cool. Super, super cool. Sanchez slots the ball down the middle.

MISSED PENALTY

Chile 3-1 Argentina - Ever Banega

Bravo dives to his left and makes an excellent save. Chile on the brink....

GOAL

Chile 3-1 Argentina - Charles Aranguiz

Cracking pen. Again Romero dives the right way - to his left - but the penalty is low and precise. 

MISSED PENALTY

Chile 2-1 Argentina - Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain misses a penalty
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Hmm. not great. Higuain smashes the ball well over the crossbar.

GOAL

Chile 2-1 Argentina - Arturo Vidal

Romero gets a hand to the ball after diving the correct way but there is enough power on the ball to take it into the net. 

GOAL

Chile 1-1 Argentina - Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi takes a penalty
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Keeper goes the right way but the spot kick is low and into the corner. 

GOAL

Chile 1-0 Argentina - Matias Fernandez

Hammered into the top corner. No chance for the keeper.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Chile to go first...

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Such pressure on these players now. Argentina are 22 years without a major trophy, Chile have never won one. Who will handle this best? We're about to find out. Glory or bust.

FULL-TIME

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Chilean players
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How are your nerves lads? 

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Now Argentina have a chance to win this game. It is a free-kick midway inside the Chile half. Banega swings it in but the ball is headed clear. This is going to be settled to be penalties.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Chile have a corner. A chance to create the most significant moment in their football history. The mind is willing but the body is tired as the corner fails to beat the first man and is headed clear. Time ticks away. Two minutes to go.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Alexis Sanchez drops to the ground following a sliding challenge from Nicolas Otamendi as he charges away down the left. The ref doesn't see anything wrong, though, and play continues, much to the players disgust.

Soon after, Vidal nicks the ball off an Argentine defender in the box and sets up Charles Aranguiz but his shot is over the bar.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

One thing is for certain, it is going to be a much more hospitable atmosphere for Chile players taking penalties than the Argentina players.

Chile corner. Their third. Argentina clear the initial delivery before Alexis Sanchez tries to weave his way back into the box but only runs down a blind alley.

KICK-OFF

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Chile get us back under way. 15 more minutes for either side to find a winner or this is going to penalties.

HALF-TIME

Chile 0-0 Argentina

There are a lot of very tired legs out there now. And I'm sure every Argentina player is remembering what happened in Brazil at the World Cup final, when Germany scored in the second-half of extra-time to win the game.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Chance... Javier Mascherano makes a rare error by completely missing a throw from Claudio Bravo to allow Alexis Sanchez to run charge in on the Argentina goal. Pablo Zabaleta comes over to meet the Chile forward in teh box and does just enough to put him off, as his shot flies over the bar.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Ezequiel Lavezzi receives a bit of treatment off the pitch, possibly for cramp. Don't worry Ezequiel, you can have a nice long rest after this tournament. The domestic season doesn't start until.... oh.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

There are few risks being taken now. Neither side is over-committing men forward for fear of being hit on the break. Unfortunately, it is resulting in hopeful long balls forward that are proving easy for the respective defences to mop up.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Chile's Marcelo Diaz twists and turns in the box to open up a shooting chance but fires his effort over the bar.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Gonzalo Higuain hasn't exactly covered himself in glory so far since coming on. Lionel Messi gives him space to run into with a flicked pass forward but the striker opts to pass and gets it horribly wrong, putting the ball way ahead of Ezequiel Lavezzi and out of play for a goal-kick.

SUBSTITUTION

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Angelo Henriquez comes on for tournament top-scorer Eduardo Vargas. Henriquez is a Manchester United player but has yet to make an appearance for them. A winner would be a fine way to make a name for himself.

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Chile 0-0 Argentina

The game will be good for penalty. As we will se the best of bravo and romero. We love it that way #chi 0-0 #arg. #bbcfootball

Chile has had enough chances to win this match.. they can only have themsleves to blame if they fail to win.#bbcfootball

YELLOW CARD

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Ever Banega is shown a yellow card
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Argentina substitute Ever Banega is booked for a heavy foul in the middle of the pitch. That is the seventh man into the book. More cards than chances in this game.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

The first attack of added time comes from Chile, with Alexis Sanchez twisting and turning before setting up Jean Beausejour, but his cross is straight to Sergio Romero.

KICK-OFF

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Extra-time is under way.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

If one remembers, Higuain also missed a chance to win for Argentina against Germany in the World Cup final as well. #bbcfootball

FULL-TIME

Chile 0-0 Argentina

The best two chances of the game came in the last quarter. But Alexis Sanchez and Gonzalo Higuain were unable to convert. It means another half an hour for either of these sides to find something special. You suspect it is going to require this to find a winner before a shoot-out.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

It may not be pretty but it's certainly tense inside the Estadio Nacional. Unbearably tense. Whistles for the referee every time a decision goes Argentina's way. History is very much against Chile. At all four Copa America tournaments hosted by Chile, Argentina have been champions. And the last of those, in 1991, came the year after Argentina were runners up to Germany in the World Cup. Chile have only beaten Argentina six times in 84 games over 105 years.

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Chile 0-0 Argentina

Great chance to win it! Lionel Messi charges forward and it is three on three. Ezequiel Lavezzi receives the ball out wide and crosses low to the far post but despite a diving effort, Gonzalo Higuain can only steer his shot from two yards out the wrong side of the post. The Copa America was there to be won. Instead we're going to have 30 extra minutes.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Lionel Messi stands over the ball
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Lionel Messi swings a free-kick into the box but it lands right into the bread basket of his Barcelona team-mate Claudio Bravo.

Ezequiel Lavezzi fell in the box as he looked to try and reach the ball and called for a penalty but the referee either didn't see the Chile defender's arms all over him or didn't think it serious enough to warrant a spot-kick. To be fair, it is a brave official who gives a 90th-minute penalty against the home side in this stadium.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

There will be plenty of nervous people in that stadium right now. The home flags continue to wave, possibly to prevent the owner chewing their fingers to the bone. A goal now would surely be a winning one.

YELLOW CARD

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Booking number six goes to Chile's Charles Aranguiz for a lunging tackle in the middle of the pitch.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

The ball is in the net courtesy of Ezequiel Lavezzi's flicked finish, but the Argentine substitute was offside from Lionel Messi's ball over the top.

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Marcos Rojo could be in trouble here. The Argentina defender already been booked and has just slid right through Mauricio Isla. It was a wild tackle. He is very lucky, though, as the referee doesn't see fit to show a second yellow.

CLOSE!

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Alexis Sanchez shoots
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Great effort from Alexis Sanchez! the ball is floated over the top to the Arsenal man in the box and he turns to volley a shot just past the far post.