Lionel Messi’s trophy drought with Argentina continued after the Barcelona star missed a penalty in the shootout as Argentina lost 4-2 on penalties to Chile in the final of the Copa America Centenario.
Argentina have not won a major tournament since the 1993 Copa America, and Messi has finished on the losing side in the finals of their last three major tournaments, including the 2014 World Cup.
For the second consecutive year, Chile edged out Argentina in a shootout after 120 minutes of football failed to produce a goal.
Arturo Vidal had his opening spot kick saved by Sergio Romero leaving Messi the chance to get Argentina off the mark.
A nervous looking Messi instead fired it over the bar.
The next five penalties were converted before Claudio Bravo palmed away Lucas Biglia’s effort to leave Francisco Silva to clinch the win with Chile’s final spot kick.
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The game itself produced lots of action and drama, mainly thanks to Brazilian referee Heber Lopes, who sent off Chile’s Marcelo Diaz in just the 27th minute for the second of two cynical fouls on Messi.
The best chance of the first half fell to Gonzalo Higuain in the 21st minute, who missed a golden opportunity to put Argentina ahead when he pounced on a mistake by Gary Medel only to chip the ball agonisingly wide after drawing Bravo.
Messi then received a yellow card for diving before Lopes restored parity in the 42nd minute, showing Marcos Rojo a straight red for a tackle from behind on Vidal that looked much worse than it actually was.
Chances continued to flow in the second half, but neither side could capitalise as the game drifted into extra time.
Bravo then ensured the tie went to penalties with a stunning save in the 99th minute, clawing away an Aguero header that was flying into the top corner.