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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

Live Reporting

By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thank you and good night

    Chile win the Copa America

    Lionel Messi walks past the trophu

    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.

  2. Cheers for Chile, tears for Argentina

    Chile win the Copa America

    Quote Message: 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! from Richard Padula BBC World Service in Santiago
    Richard PadulaBBC World Service in Santiago
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. GOAL

    Chile 4-1 Argentina - Alexis Sanchez

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

  6. MISSED PENALTY

    Chile 3-1 Argentina - Ever Banega

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

  7. 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. 

  8. MISSED PENALTY

    Chile 2-1 Argentina - Gonzalo Higuain

    Gonzalo Higuain misses a penalty

    Hmm. not great. Higuain smashes the ball well over the crossbar.

  9. 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. 

  10. GOAL

    Chile 1-1 Argentina - Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi takes a penalty

    Keeper goes the right way but the spot kick is low and into the corner. 

  11. GOAL

    Chile 1-0 Argentina - Matias Fernandez

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

  12. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Chile to go first...

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. FULL-TIME

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Chilean players

    How are your nerves lads? 

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. Post update

    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.

  22. Post update

    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.

  23. Post update

    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.

  24. Post update

    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.

  25. Post update

    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.

  26. 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.

  27. Get Involved #bbcfootball

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

  28. YELLOW CARD

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Ever Banega is shown a yellow card

    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.

  29. Post update

    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.

  30. KICK-OFF

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Extra-time is under way.

  31. Post update

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  32. 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.

  33. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Quote Message: 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. from Richard Padula BBC World Service Sport
    Richard PadulaBBC World Service Sport
  34. Post update

    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.

  35. Post update

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    Lionel Messi stands over the ball

    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.

  36. Post update

    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.

  37. 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.

  38. Post update

    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.

  39. Post update

    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.

  40. CLOSE!

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Alexis Sanchez shoots

    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.

  41. SUBSTITUTION

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Argentina change. Off goes Javier Pastore - he's been poor - on comes Ever Banega.

  42. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Despite the dip in quality in this game, the volume of the crowd has remained consistently loud, largely in support of the hosts. Imagine the sound of Chile get a winner in the next 10 minutes?

  43. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    That sums up Lionel Messi's game. He picks up possession 35 yards from goal and turns before over-hitting a pass forward that goes straight out for a goal-kick.

  44. SUBSTITUTION

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    A change each as Gonzalo Higuain comes on for the largely anonymous Sergio Aguero for Argentina and Chile send on Mati Fernandez for Jorge Valdivia.

    Arturo Vidal is back on after his leg injury and drives in to the box before tumbling under a challenge. Penalty? No, says the referee.

  45. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Chile might have to make a change as well as Arturo Vidal is driven off the pitch on a cart having taken a blow to the leg.

  46. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Arturo Vidal

    Precious little quality on show now. The game has descended into fouls, arguing and time-wasting. It's a real shame as it started so promisingly. Looks like we're about to see Gonzalo Higuain for Argentina.

  47. Get Involved #bbcfootball

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

  48. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Down the other end and Alexis Sanchez beats a man down the right before crossing to the edge of the box fro Arturo Vidal, but his shot is blocked by a diving Argentine defender.

  49. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Is this Lionel Messi's chance to shine? He is over a free-kick, 25 yards from goal. He looks to curl it round the wall but strikes it to win a corner, which Claudio Bravo gets to with a punch.

  50. Keep ball

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

  51. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    The game has gone a bit stale now. Neither team look like fashioning anything decisive. Time for a change? He who dares wins Rodney.

  52. Get Involved #bbcfootball

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

  53. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Argentina come forward again and it looks promising for a moment as Pablo Zabaleta gets forward but his cross from the right is over-hit and drifts out for a goal-kick.

  54. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Argentina apply some concerted pressure courtesy of a couple of corners but Chile defend well to head off any danger. Literally.

  55. Post update

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  56. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Corner Argentina. Can they do something with this? Javier Pastore delivers and Nicolas Otamendi heads wide of the far post.

  57. YELLOW CARD

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Javier Mascherano

    Another yellow as Javier Mascherano dives to cut out a Mauricio Isla pass and handballs. It gives Chile a dangerous free-kick... which Charles Aranguiz wastes by failing to beat the first man with his swinging cross into the box.

  58. YELLOW CARD

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Marcos Rojo is booked

    The Argentina subs go through a vigorous warm-up. Of the two sides they are the ones in possession of the players who could come on and make a difference. Meanwhile, on the pitch, Marcos Rojo barges into Mauricio Isla and earns Argentina's first yellow card.

  59. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Arturo Vidal has done more in this half so far than he did in the entirety of the first half. He controls a ball forward on the edge of the box and feeds a team-mate, who wins Chile's first corner. They are unable to do anything with it, though, before Jorge Valdivia flicks a second corner wide of the near post.

  60. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Alexis Sanchez remains the most likely source for Chile. He collects the ball near halfway and darts towards the box with intent but his pass towards Arturo Vidal is cut out by a diving Argentina player.

  61. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    An early mistake from Nicolas Otamendia allows Alexis Sanchez to steal the ball, make his way to the right of the box and cross for Arturo Vidal to head straight into the hands of Sergio Romero from deep.

  62. KICK-OFF

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    The hosts get us back under way.

  63. Tight. Very tight

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

  64. Still anyone's title

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Very little to separate the sides in that first 45 minutes. There was plenty of effort but a distinct lack of quality in and around the box. Argentina need to get Messi on the ball more often, Chile need better delivery from the full-backs after they've charged into opposition territory.

  65. Get involved #bbcfootball

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Use #bbcfootball to have your say.

  66. Solano's team of the tournament

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Quote Message: Had a good chat with Peru's assistant coach Nolberto Solano before the final. The former Newcastle player gave us his team of the tournament. A slight Peru bias maybe? And what's Fernandinho doing there? Here is Nobby's selection... Bravo (Chi), Advincula (Per), Otamendi (Arg), Murillo (Col), Juan Vargas (Per), Mascherano (Arg), Fernandinho (Bra), Messi (Arg), Alexis Sanchez (Chi), Di Maria (Arg), Guerrero (Per). from Richard Padula BBC World Service in Santiago
    Richard PadulaBBC World Service in Santiago
  67. HALF-TIME

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    And there is the whistle for half-time. No goals and a distinct lack of chances but it has been a very watchable game so far.

  68. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Great chance for Argentina's Ezequiel Lavezzi, who is set up on the edge of the box by a pull-back from the byline but his shot lacks precision and is punched away Claudio Bravo. Best move of the game, but still no goal.

  69. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Alexis Sanchez looks dejected

    Alexis Sanchez is as capable as anyone of breaking this deadlock. He has a chance with a curling effort from the left side of the box but it is too close to Sergio Romero, who saves.

  70. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Still no yellow card for an Argentina man as Jorge Valdivia is sent tumbling to the turf by Nicolas Otamendi. Much to the player and home fans' disgust.

  71. YELLOW CARD

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Another foul on Jorge Valdivia, another free-kick in a promising area for Chile. He shows three fingers to the referee to represent the fouls he has suffered without a booking. Marcelo Diaz delivers again but once more it comes to nothing as an Argentina head gets to the ball first. Argentina break and Messi is fouled by Diaz, earning him a yellow. Starting to get a bit tetchy now.

  72. Get involved #bbcfootball

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

  73. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Five minutes until half-time and Chile go on the assault and win a free-kick courtesy of Lionel Messi's foul on Jorge Valdivia. Marcelo Diaz takes but Alexis Sanchez is caught offside in the box after going fractionally too early.

  74. Get involved #bbcfootball

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Pablo Zabaleta and Gary Medel
  75. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Lionel Messi's free-kick from a central position is headed behind for the game's first corner. Sergio Aguero meets the delivery at the back post and sends the ball looping back into the box, where it is met on the volley by a team-mate but blocked and cleared. No goals yet but this game is far from dull.

  76. YELLOW CARD

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Gary Medel is booked

    Not a big surprise that Gary Medel is into the book for a high tackle. It is surprising, though, that this is his first booking of the tournament.

  77. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Alexis Sanchez is away again, flicking the ball away from an Argentine player before finding Jean Beausejour. The full-backs cross finds Sanchez centrally, just inside the box but he can't get the ball under control to strike before it is cleared.

  78. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Chile's Alexis Sanchez has some serious skills. He takes on one, two, three men, beating each before finding a Jean Beausejour down the left. Unfortunately, the full-back is unable to do anything with possession. What a waste. 

  79. SUBSTITUTION

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Angel Di Maria is substituted

    Di Maria departs to be replaced by Ezequiel Lavezzi of PSG. Not the worst replacement.

  80. Get involved #bbcfootball

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Keep those tweets coming into us and your message can appear on this page. Use the hashtag #bbcfootball.

  81. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Angel Di Maria is up and still on the pitch but he is not right. He won't be lasting much longer in this game. There is already a man getting ready to replace him.

  82. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Angel Di Maria

    Chile swing a free-kick into the box, which Sergio Romero meets with a meaty punch. Meanwhile, Angel Di Maria is down. Is that a hamstring injury? The Manchester United player sent a concerned look towards his bench. He is nay happy, the lad.

  83. Post update

    SMS Message: Love love love how Chile play football, like Dortmund not a team full of stars but can overwhelm with high pressure, high tempo, flexible movement and intricate combinations, remember when they blew England away at Wembley?! Valdivia is the lynchpin, why is he not at a top club? from Lucas
    Lucas
  84. YELLOW CARD

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    The first yellow card goes to Francisco Silva for pulling the shirt of Angel di Maria.

  85. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Eduardo Vargas is behind the Argentina defence with yards to tear into. He gets inside the box but fires his shot over the bar as Nicolas Otamendi slides in.

    Argentina
  86. GREAT SAVE!

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Messi takes the free-kick, whipping it towards the near post, where it is met by Aguero's head but prevented from reaching the net by a solid diving save from Claudio Bravo. Bravo indeed.

  87. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Argentina are settling in to the task now. Pablo Zabaleta is caught and they have a free-kick in a dangerous spot on the right side of the box...

  88. Post update

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    Lionel Messi advances with the ball

    You don't even need to watch the game to know when Argentina have the ball. Just wait for the whistles. Lionel Messi goes on a trademark weaving run on the edge of the box but it is down a blind alley and he has to go backwards before Chile clear.

  89. Get involved #bbcfootball

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

  90. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    The pace of the game is frantic. Neither team is being given a second of time on the ball. Sergio Aguero looks to latch on to a ball into the box but he is muscled out of it before he can strike.

  91. Get involved #bbcfootball

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    We are asking which players have caught your eye in the Copa America? Tweet us, using #bbcfootball.

  92. CLOSE!

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Chile have their tails up. They come forward again and Alexis Sanchez draws a good save from Sergio Romero with a shot on the turn from 12 yards out. Argentina look to break quickly and Di Maria is felled by Charles Aranguiz. Should be a card. It isn't.

  93. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Eduardo Vargas has more goals than anyone else in this tournament so far. His confidence is sky high. But his shot from the edge of the box is low and wide of goal.

  94. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    The Chile full-backs are getting very far forward. Former Wigan and Birmingham man Jean Beausejour has possession on the edge of the Argentina box but his low drive lacks precision and is cleared. 

    Soon after, Pablo Zabaleta comes to Argentina's rescue with a clearance from inside his own box as Jorge Valdivia tries to find Eduardo Vargas.  

    Open start to the game.

  95. Post update

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    Lionel Messi's first forward run sends panic coursing through the Chile defence. The Barca man chips a ball forward for Sergio Aguero in the box but it has too much on it and skips away from the City striker.

  96. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Quote Message: An incredible amount of flag waving going on. Chile's most famous millionaire Leonardo Farkas, who with his blonde perm looks like a 1980s soft rocker, has bought 40,000 Chilean flags - which were handed out free as the fans arrived. Meanwhile Chile's President Bachelet is relying on a good-luck charm. Apparently she has a lucky black suit and earrings. from Richard Padula BBC World Service Sport
    Richard PadulaBBC World Service Sport
  97. Surrounded

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    These Argentina fans are up against it today.

  98. Post update

    Chile 0-0 Argentina

    Chile go on the charge early doors as Mauricio Isla bombs down the right and crosses for his one-time QPR team-mate Eduardo Vargas, but Sergio Romero comes out ahead of the striker to claim.

  99. Post update

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    We asked who you would like to see in the Premier League...

  100. KICK-OFF

    Chile v Argentina

    Finally, the game is under way, with Argentina kicking off. Game on.

  101. Any time now

    Chile v Argentina

    They're clearly not sticklers for timing in Chile. After the anthems, a moments silence and some assorted faffing, we're still not under way.

  102. Anthem time

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    The Argentina fans are fighting a losing battle trying to be heard singing their anthem. That doesn't stop them giving it a good old go, though, bouncing around and punching the air with delight.

    No problems for the Chile fans. The Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Pradanos is united in song as their anthem blares out. Even the mascots are getting fully stuck in.

    Crowd
  103. Post update

    Chile v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    SMS Message: Manchester City fan and words can not describe how much I would love us to break the bank to sign Arturo Vidal from Brandon, Bradford
    Brandon, Bradford
  104. Nearly there

    Chile v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    The trophy has been put out on a lovely little plinth, the stands are filling with noisy, flag-waving fans and the photographers are gathered around the tunnel. We're closing in on kick-off. The final of the 2015 Copa America is mere minutes away.

    Chile fans
  105. Soldado's support

    Chile v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Tottenham's Spanish striker Roberto Soldado sends a message of good luck to Spurs team-mate Erik Lamela, who is part of the Argentina squad.

    "I wish you all the best tonight my friend, come on Argentina," says Soldado.  

    Roberto Soldado
  106. Get involved #bbcfootball

    Send us your thoughts on the match using #bbcfootball

  107. Chile United

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    The buzz-word from the Chile camp ahead of this final is unity. England talk about 49 years of hurt. Imagine being Chilean. They were one of four teams who competed in the first Copa America in 1916 and have yet to claim a major trophy.

    Defender Jose Rojas had this to say... “As a country and as a group, this is the moment when we must unite to achieve what we all desire. For 28 years we have not played in a final. As we Chileans unite as when there is a catastrophe, we must now do the same, because on Saturday we will need it.” 

    If they are to end their long wait tonight they need to do something they have only managed six times before in 85 attempts: beat Argentina. 

    Chile fans
  108. Creative geniuses

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  109. Six of the best

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    Let's be honest, Argentina's display in the semi-final against Paraguay has changed everything. Prior to that last-four clash, La Albiceleste hadn't hit the heights expected of them. Di Maria was short of confidence, Tevez was reportedly unhappy and Messi frustrated. They threw away a 2-0 lead to draw with Paraguay in their first game, sneaked 1-0 wins in the other group games and survived the lottery of penalties in the last eight.

    Then, in the Estadio Municipal Alcaldesa Ester Roa Rebolledo on Tuesday, they went from Clark Kents to Supermen. Six goals, two of which were scored by Di Maria, all of which involved Messi has washed away doubt and sent them into this final with renew belief.

    Argentina players celebrate
  110. How we got here

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    Just in case you are new to Copa America 2015, here is a quick recap of how we got down to the last two...

    Both teams finished top of their respective groups with identical records of two wins and a draw from their three games. Chile beat Ecuador 2-0, drew 3-3 with Mexico and beat Bolivia 5-0, while Argentina were less convincing, starting with a 2-2 draw with Paraguay before successive 1-0 wins over Uruguay and Jamaica.

    Chile saw off Uruguay (1-0) andPeru (2-1) to reach the final,while Argentina needed penalties to beat Colombia (5-4 after a 0-0 draw) before slamming into fifth gear tosmash Paraguay 6-1 in the semis.

    In short, Chile have been consistent, but Argentina have hit heights untouched by any other side in the tournament.

    Sergio Aguero scores for Argentina against Paraguay
  111. Goals, goals, goals

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    Chile
  112. World Football

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    For even more preview material on tonight's final, why not have a listen to this week's World Football programme, which is the BBC World Service's final programme from the Copa America in Chile.

    Presented by Mani Djazmi, the show looks at the heavy handed tactics used by the Santiago police to repress celebrations following Chile's semi-final victory and also contains a number of interviews, including Chile's former Liverpool player Mark Gonzalez and Peru assistant coach and ex-Newcastle star Nolberto Solano.

    Chilean and Argentine shirts are displayed on a street in Santiago
  113. How much?!

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    Not since Chile reached the semi-finals of their own World Cup in 1962 has there been such a clamour to gain entry to a sporting event in the country.

    Such is the hunger amongst the Chilean fans to attend tonight's final that tickets are reportedly going for as much as $25,000 on some websites. That is just a cheeky 625 times the original price. You wouldn't want to shell that out and watch them lose.

    Chile fans in Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal masks
  114. Our man in Santiago

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    Quote Message: The early kick-off and sunshine really makes this feel like a Cup final day. Through the hazy smog, the Andes is just about visible in the distance, but few will be taking their eyes off the pitch over the next couple of hours. Fierce whistling as Argentina's players came out onto the pitch to warm-up. And the biggest cheer was for Chile's cult-hero Gary Medel. Journalists taking selfies in the press box. They're just as excited as the fans. The cab driver who brought us to the Stadium scoffed at the idea of listening to the game on the radio as he works. He's going to a local bar. As he pointed out, there won't be a single Chilean in need of a taxi once this game kicks-off. from Richard Padula BBC World Service in Santiago
    Richard PadulaBBC World Service in Santiago
  115. Great vision

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  116. Always the Copa bridesmaid...

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    Unlike 14-time winners Argentina, Chile have never won the Copa America. The closest they have come is losing finalist, on four occasions (1955, 1956, 1979 and 1987). 

    This is their seventh time hosting the event, from which they have an impressive record, never having finished worse than fourth.

    Oh, and they have never beaten Argentina at the Copa America in 24 attempts. So today is all about achieving firsts for the Chileans.

    Chile players (including Arturo Vidal) celebrate
  117. Get involved

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    I'm sure many of you will have tuned in throughout this tournament, wondering who your club could sign for the coming season. So we'd like to know who has caught your eye? Which player do you think could do a job in the Prem?

    Maybe use a bit of realism with this as well. I'm sure you Sunderland fans would love Messi, but it ain't gonna happen. Sorry to break that to you.

    You can contact us using Twitter on hashtag #bbcfootball or text on 81111 (UK only).

    Eduardo Vargas
  118. Team news

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    Two changes for Chile , with Francisco Silva and Jean Beausejour (formerly of Wigan and Birmingham) coming in, in place of Jose Rojas and Miiko Albornoz. Word is that the former will be deployed as a man-marker on Messi. Good luck with that, son.

    Unsurprisingly, Argentina stay with the same XI that hammered Paraguay 6-1 in the semis. If it ain't broke...

    They will have to do without Ezequiel Garay, though, who apparently has a stomach complaint.

  119. Line-ups

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    Chile: Bravo, Isla, Medel, Silva, Beausejour, Aranguiz, Diaz, Vidal, Valdivia, Sanchez, Vargas.

    Argentina: Romero, Zabaleta, Dimichelis, Otamendi, Rojo, Biglia, Mascherano, Pastore, Messi, Aguero, Di Maria.

    Argentina
  120. It's Chile out there

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    Whoa, hang on a sec. There are two teams playing in this final (as is the minimum requirement with these sort of things). And we don't want all this early focus on a talented Argentina side to overshadow their also impressive opponents and hosts Chile.

    The list of established stars in their squad may not be as lengthy, but they do possess the tournament's leading scorer, Eduardo Vargas, and a couple of other players you definitely will have heard of: Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez.

    In addition, the Chileans out-scored Argentina in the group stages and saw off holders Uruguay en route to this final. They'll be cocked, locked and ready to rock for this.

    Chile team
  121. Don't cry for me Argentina

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    Messi, Aguero, Di Maria, Tevez, Mascherano, Pastore, Higuain. I could go on.

    It is an ominous list of top talent - a group who have torn club football to bits in recent years. Trophies, medals, awards, gongs; whatever you want to call them, they've got them. However, this group (and a number of their predecessors) are 22 years without a major international trophy to their name, since the 1993 Copa America in Ecuador.

    They've been close (including runners-up in the last World Cup) but so far remain cigar-less.

    Lionel Messi and team-mates after defeat in the 2014 World Cup final
  122. Golden Generation

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    Golden Generation. Is there a bigger tag with which to burden an international football team?

    Some thrive, some fail. The French side of 1998-2006 coped pretty well, as did Spain soon after, and it is a brave person who argues against the merits and success of the Brazil team that graced the world from 1958-1970.

    However, as we all know so well, England’s own version – Beckham, Scholes, Gerrard, Lampard, Owen et al – stood tall at times (5-1 anyone?) but ultimately buckled under the weight, while the Portugal side of Rui Costa, Nuno Gomes and Luis Figo similarly underachieved.

    And so we come to Argentina, who so far have been more Sven Goran than Carlos Alberto, but tonight have the chance to start justifying the hype by following World Cup silver with Copa gold.

    Argentina players train