Another final, another defeat for Argentina. This time an awkward and sour one, especially for Lionel Messi, who had a quiet game against the tight-marking Chile defense, and whose family, online gambling news report, was abused by the overwhelmed Chile fans in Estadio Nacional.As the sides were unable to find the back of the nets, the game went to penalties, and Alexis Sanxhez, who missed his spot-kick against Brazil a year ago that saw Chile crashing out from the World Cup in the round of 16, stepped up to score with a half-Panenka. Through that, the ex-Barcelona forward, who led Arsenal’s frontline last season, helped Chile to their first trophy 99 years after La Roja participated in the inaugural edition of the Copa America.
Chile waited 99 years for this, and in the end it came down to Alexis Sanchez, who had to score the decisive penalty in the shootout against Argentina in the 2015 Copa America final. Sanchez went for a Panenka, and though he failed to perform the trick-shot perfectly, he scored anyway as Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero threw his body towards the left post.
Gonzalo Higuain and Ever Banega failed to score from 12 yards previously, which meant that Chile won its first ever Copa America title, 99 years after they participated in the first edition of the tournament alongside Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Meanwhile Argentina lost another final and it is now 22 years for them without any trophy, as experts of gambling facts might know it.
This wonderful generation that produced players like Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano or Sergio Aguero might end their careers without any trophies at international level eventually, while fellow Argentinian Jorge Sampaoli was able to command Chile to victory in a stadium that was used as a prison at the beginning of Augusto Pinochet’s reign.
Alexis Sanchez scored the winning penalty against Argentina in arguably the most important year of his career. He was amazing in his first year for Arsenal after he left Barcelona, and he was able to capitalize on his good form at the Copa America too, where he was an integral member of the team that delivered the first ever title for host nation Chile.
At Barcelona his main task was to give the ball to Lionel Messi and to win it back before giving it to Messi. However, anyone who follows sports scores might have noticed that in the past few years he emerged as one of the best forwards in the world, transforming from a quick winger, who is very good at pressing to a reliable goal scorer.
Sanchez virtually swapped roles with Luis Suarez, as the Chile international had to move after the Uruguayan world class player was acquired from Liverpool. Sanchez went to the Premier League to lead a team and to become PFA Fans’ Player of the Year, and at the Copa he helped his team with industrious work. After missing a penalty against Brazil in the shootout at the World Cup a year ago, he scored with his spot-kick this time to defeat Argentina.
Though Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi won everything with Barcelona this season, they lost two finals with Argentina in a year. Last summer at the World Cup in Brazil, they were defeated by Germany in overtime, while this time at the 2015 Copa America, host nation Chile proved to be a better penalty taking team than La Albiceleste.
Argentina is one of the biggest footballing nations, however, the national team has won no trophy in 22 years. Their last success came in 1993 at the Copa America in Ecuador, when they beat Mexico in the final with a brace from Gabriel Batistuta. Since then Brazil won it four times, Uruguay conquered the continent twice, even Colombia and now Chile was able to deliver a title.
Argentina has a generation now that won everything at youth level, with two U-20 World Cup victories and two gold medals at the Olympics between 2004 and 2008, as followers of live sports results might remember, yet fail to win a single trophy when competing with the grown-ups.
The two best and most attractive teams of the Copa America reached the final, so the title decider should be an entertaining game even for those, who don’t follow South American football or football at all. Jorge Sampaoli, Chile’s Argentinian national coach will meet his home country in the biggest game of his career, while Lionel Messi and co. are looking for the first trophy of the remarkable generation of theirs. Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore mentioned that he is enjoying his time with the national side, where his task is to help Messi and Angel di Maria to bring out the best of them.
Finally the Copa America got a fitting final, as Chile, the best team in the group phase meets Argentina, that obviously had a lot of potential and eventually started to roll against Paraguay in the semifinal. These two sides scored the most goals in the tournament, and gambling facts also has that no other team was able to win a match by a margin of more than one goal.
According to the statistics, these two outfits featured the best passers and they enjoyed the best possession rate. These two also want this Copa badly, as Chile are looking for its first ever trophy, while Argentina want to terminate a 22-year long period without a trophy.
Though Chile had the easiest draw, they were also able to control all their matches, registering a 70% average possession rate, and they scored the most goals amongst participating teams with a tally of 13. With that in mind, it is possible that Argentina, with the brilliant front three of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria, will sit back and try to catch Chile on the break.
It is also important to mention that while Chile is pretty vulnerable in the air because all of their players are short, fitting to their tactics that requires quick and agile footballers, Argentina has a potential to pose aerial threat.
The Copa America final will certainly end an unsuccessful run, as Argentina wait for their first silverware in 22 years, while Chile are fighting for their first trophy ever. Meanwhile, for Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli, this will be the game he waited during his entire career.
Sampaoli produces an extra show next to the sideline as his team is playing on the pitch, and this reflects to the drive that took him so far coming from Casilda, a small town in Argentina. He wanted to be a football player, but an injury prevented this, and he worked at clubs in Peru and Ecuador to become one of today’s most exciting coaches.
Some of those who follow sports scores might know that Sampaoli follows his fellow Argentine predecessor Marcelo Bielsa’s philosophy and game plan, which is all about press and attack, even against those sides that are obviously stronger than Chile. And now he has to take on the team of his home country, a far more talented side, to reach the greatest success of his life.
Though Javier Pastore was one of Argentina’s stars against Paraguay in the Copa America semifinal where La Albirroja were thrashed 6-1, the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder revealed that for the national side his main task is to help Lionel Messi and Angel di Maria to give the best performance.
Pastore was also praised by national team coach Gerardo Martino after his performance against Paraguay, where, as keen followers of live sports results might remember, he scored a goal and registered an assist.
Pastore expressed that he enjoys the role of the midfield playmaker, online gambling news report. He said, “I am playing here to make things easier for Leo and for Di Maria.”
He added, “What I like most is setting up goals. When I give a pass that ends up being a goal I enjoy it more than anything else. Messi likes all sorts of passes, because whether you give it to him on his chest, his head or his feet, he always controls it well. He likes short passes a lot, so that he can play a one-two. He does that a lot for his club and I have seen it in training here. What he likes best is to have players nearby so he can receive the ball back.”
Hosts Chile and favorites Argentina were the best teams on their respective sections in the playoff bracket of the 2015 Copa America, and therefore they will face each other in the final. The title decider will be held in the Estadio Nacional in Santiago de Chile on Saturday 5.00 pm in local time (4.00 pm ET/9.00 pm GMT).
Messi to Lead Argentina to Copa Victory against Chile (July 4, 2015).
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