Chile secured the first major trophy in their history on home soil courtesy of a penalty shootout win over Argentina in the Copa America final.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez slotted in the winning spot-kick after Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain fired over and Ever Banega was denied by Claudio Bravo.

Higuain had earlier missed from close range after 90 minutes of few chances.

Sanchez came closest in extra time for Chile, who scored all four of their penalties in the shootout.

Where Chile held their nerve, Argentina wilted in the shootout at the end of a performance that fell well short of the heights they reached in their 6-1 semi-final win over Paraguay.

Le Albiceleste are without a major trophy in the last 22 years since winning the 1993 Copa America in Ecuador.

BBC World Service's Richard Padula in Santiago

"It was a 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 throughout 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 make history

Chile's victory brought an end to almost a century of competing in the Copa America without claiming a title.

They were one of four teams who played in the very first tournament in 1916 in Argentina but the best they had done until this year was runner-up, which they have achieved on four occasions (1955, 1956, 1979 and 1987).

Chile end a century of hurt

Chile won their first Copa America after 173 games played in this competition, dating back to the first tournament in 1916.

The Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos was a cauldron of noise on Saturday, full of flag-waving red-clad home supporters, some of whom had reportedly paid up to $25,000 for tickets.

They were not treated to a dazzling attacking display from their side but rather one of drive, discipline and, ultimately, composure, epitomised by the industrious and energetic Sanchez and Charles Aranguiz.

How the shoot-out unfolded

Both sides scored their opening penalty, with Matias Fernandez emphatically finding the top corner for Chile before Lionel Messi sent his kick low into the bottom corner.

Alexis Sanchez celebrates

Alexis Sanchez scored the winning penalty in Santiago

However, after Arturo Vidal had powerfully dispatched Chile's second, Higuain blazed his effort way over the bar.

Charles Aranguiz made it 3-1 to the hosts and it remained that way as Ever Banega's tame effort was palmed away by the diving Claudio Bravo.

Sanchez showed supreme composure to chip his effort down the middle and in to win the game and the competition for his side.

Missing Messi

Following Argentina's World Cup final defeat to Germany last summer, four-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi once again missed out on his first major international medal.

He put in a supreme showing in the Copa America semi-final demolition of Paraguay, playing a part in all six of his nation's goals, but on Saturday he was largely on the periphery throughout, with his most significant contribution being a trademark run towards the Chile box to set up a wasted chance for Higuain in the final minute.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi failed to make an impact on the final

The 28-year-old is not entirely to blame for his failure in Santiago. His team-mates did little to create the space the forward needs to be effective, not did they find him with the regularity he is used to when playing for his club.

Credit must also go to Chile, who were quick to close him down whenever he did receive the ball in a threatening position.

More horror for Higuain

Napoli forward Higuain was criticised for missing a superb chance in the World Cup final defeat to Germany in Brazil last summer and he was once again in the spotlight for the wrong reasons on Saturday.

Gonzalo Higuain misses a chance

Gonzalo Higuain missed Argentina's best chance in the 90th minute

He was guilty of spurning an opportunity to win the game for his side in the last minute of normal time when he failed to turn in Ezequiel Lavezzi's low cross at the back post.

And his penalty miss - Argentina's first in the shoot-out - was that of a player whose confidence and composure has deserted him. It handed Chile an advantage they would not relinquish.

'We left our life on the field'

Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal: "This is a dream come true, this team deserves something like this.

"We left our life on the field. Chilean people needed this joy and we managed to give it to them.

"We'll fight a lot in the next World Cup. This generation of players deserved this."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (5)

Chile

  • 01 Bravo
  • 04 Isla
  • 05 Silva Booked
  • 17 Medel Booked
  • 15 Beausejour
  • 08 Vidal
  • 21 Díaz Booked
  • 10 Valdívia (Fernández - 75' )
  • 20 Aránguiz Booked
  • 07 Sánchez
  • 11 Vargas (Henríquez - 95' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Mena
  • 03 Albornoz
  • 06 Fuenzalida
  • 09 Pinilla
  • 12 Garcés
  • 13 Rojas
  • 14 Fernández
  • 16 Pizarro
  • 19 Gutiérrez
  • 22 Henríquez
  • 23 Herrera

Argentina

  • 01 Romero
  • 04 Zabaleta
  • 15 Demichelis
  • 17 Otamendi
  • 16 Rojo Booked
  • 06 Biglia
  • 14 Mascherano Booked
  • 21 Pastore (Banega - 81' Booked )
  • 10 Messi
  • 11 Agüero (Higuaín - 74' )
  • 07 Di María (Lavezzi - 29' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Garay
  • 03 Roncaglia
  • 05 Gago
  • 08 Pereyra
  • 09 Higuaín
  • 12 Guzmán
  • 13 Casco
  • 18 Tévez
  • 19 Banega
  • 20 Lamela
  • 22 Lavezzi
  • 23 Marchesín
Ref: Wilmar Roldán
Att: 45,693

Match Stats

Shots

18 8

On target

4 2

Corners

4 7

Fouls

28 21

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chile 0(4), Argentina 0(1).

120:00 +5:30

Penalty Shootout ends, Chile 0(4), Argentina 0(1).

120:00 +5:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chile 0(4), Argentina 0(1). Alexis Sánchez (Chile) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

120:00 +4:23

Penalty saved! Éver Banega (Argentina) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

120:00 +3:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chile 0(3), Argentina 0(1). Charles Aránguiz (Chile) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

120:00 +2:40

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) right footed shot is too high. Gonzalo Higuaín should be disappointed.

120:00 +1:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chile 0(2), Argentina 0(1). Arturo Vidal (Chile) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

120:00 +1:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chile 0(1), Argentina 0(1). Lionel Messi (Argentina) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

120:00 +0:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chile 0(1), Argentina 0. Matías Fernández (Chile) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

120:00 Penalty shootout

Penalty Shootout begins Chile 0, Argentina 0.

120:00 +0:04

Second Half Extra Time ends, Chile 0, Argentina 0.

119:53

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Gary Medel.

119:51

Attempt blocked. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Éver Banega with a cross.

119:41

Attempt blocked. Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

118:48

Foul by Charles Aránguiz (Chile).

118:48

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

118:17

Foul by Marcelo Díaz (Chile).

118:17

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

117:41

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Gonzalo Higuaín.

115:44

Matías Fernández (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

115:44

Foul by Martín Demichelis (Argentina).

115:32

Foul by Charles Aránguiz (Chile).

115:32

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

114:54

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Chile).

114:54

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

113:49

Attempt missed. Charles Aránguiz (Chile) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

113:06

Alexis Sánchez (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

113:06

Foul by Lucas Biglia (Argentina).

112:48

Foul by Matías Fernández (Chile).

112:48

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

110:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

109:46

Delay in match Charles Aránguiz (Chile) because of an injury.

109:04

Offside, Chile. Matías Fernández tries a through ball, but Ángelo Henríquez is caught offside.

108:09

Attempt blocked. Marcelo Díaz (Chile) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

107:34

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

106:16

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Chile).

106:16

Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

105:00

Second Half Extra Time begins Chile 0, Argentina 0.

105:16

First Half Extra Time ends, Chile 0, Argentina 0.

105:02

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Chile) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Claudio Bravo following a fast break.

104:30

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Gary Medel.

103:46

Foul by Mauricio Isla (Chile).

103:46

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

103:17

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

102:18

Delay in match Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) because of an injury.

101:46

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Chile).

101:46

Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

99:38

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Chile).

99:38

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

98:57

Ángelo Henríquez (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

98:57

Foul by Marcos Rojo (Argentina).

98:26

Hand ball by Charles Aránguiz (Chile).

97:43

Attempt missed. Marcelo Díaz (Chile) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ángelo Henríquez.

96:03

Attempt blocked. Matías Fernández (Chile) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jean Beausejour.

95:11

Jean Beausejour (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

95:11

Foul by Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina).

94:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chile. Ángelo Henríquez replaces Eduardo Vargas.

90:57 Booking

Booking Éver Banega (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:54

Mauricio Isla (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:54

Foul by Éver Banega (Argentina).

90:00

First Half Extra Time begins Chile 0, Argentina 0.

90:00 +2:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chile 0, Argentina 0.

90:00 +1:47

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ezequiel Lavezzi following a fast break.

90:00 +1:22

Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (Chile) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

87:35

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Chile).

87:35

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:59 Booking

Booking Charles Aránguiz (Chile) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:54

Foul by Charles Aránguiz (Chile).

85:54

Éver Banega (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:47

Offside, Argentina. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Ezequiel Lavezzi is caught offside.

83:38

Arturo Vidal (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:38

Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina).

82:27

Foul by Matías Fernández (Chile).

82:27

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:45

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Chile) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Charles Aránguiz with a through ball.

80:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Éver Banega replaces Javier Pastore.

74:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chile. Matías Fernández replaces Jorge Valdívia.

73:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Gonzalo Higuaín replaces Sergio Agüero.

72:24

Attempt saved. Eduardo Vargas (Chile) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mauricio Isla.

71:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

70:25

Delay in match Arturo Vidal (Chile) because of an injury.

69:10

Hand ball by Lionel Messi (Argentina).

66:13

Foul by Jorge Valdívia (Chile).

66:13

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:48

Attempt blocked. Arturo Vidal (Chile) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

65:12

Claudio Bravo (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:12

Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina).

64:52

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Arturo Vidal.

64:51

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:42

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Chile).

63:42

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:55

Hand ball by Alexis Sánchez (Chile).

60:47

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Chile).

60:47

Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:36

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Mauricio Isla.

59:01

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Mauricio Isla.

57:24

Attempt missed. Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ezequiel Lavezzi with a cross following a corner.

56:58

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Charles Aránguiz.

54:58 Booking

Booking Javier Mascherano (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

54:53

Hand ball by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

54:11 Booking

Booking Marcos Rojo (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:04

Mauricio Isla (Chile) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:04

Foul by Marcos Rojo (Argentina).

52:52

Charles Aránguiz (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:52

Foul by Javier Pastore (Argentina).

51:32

Attempt missed. Jorge Valdívia (Chile) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Charles Aránguiz with a cross following a corner.

51:00

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Javier Pastore.

50:15

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

48:48

Foul by Charles Aránguiz (Chile).

48:48

Javier Pastore (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:37

Mauricio Isla (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:37

Foul by Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina).

45:24

Attempt saved. Arturo Vidal (Chile) header from more than 35 yards is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Chile 0, Argentina 0.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chile 0, Argentina 0.

45:00 +1:22

Jean Beausejour (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:22

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Argentina).

45:00 +1:18

Attempt saved. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Javier Pastore.

45:00 +0:25

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Chile) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

44:22

Jorge Valdívia (Chile) wins a free kick on the right wing.

44:22

Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina).

43:57

Hand ball by Sergio Agüero (Argentina).

43:20 Booking

Booking Marcelo Díaz (Chile) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:07

Foul by Marcelo Díaz (Chile).

43:07

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:07

Jorge Valdívia (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:07

Foul by Lucas Biglia (Argentina).

41:19

Foul by Jorge Valdívia (Chile).

41:19

Javier Pastore (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:34

Jorge Valdívia (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:34

Foul by Lionel Messi (Argentina).

37:00

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Francisco Silva.

36:16

Attempt blocked. Javier Pastore (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

35:28

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Gary Medel.

34:26

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Chile).

34:26

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:13 Booking

Booking Gary Medel (Chile) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33:04

Foul by Gary Medel (Chile).

33:04

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:54

Attempt blocked. Arturo Vidal (Chile) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jean Beausejour with a cross.

31:50

Jorge Valdívia (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:50

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

29:29

Foul by Eduardo Vargas (Chile).

29:29

Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Ezequiel Lavezzi replaces Ángel Di María because of an injury.

25:59

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

25:00

Delay in match Ángel Di María (Argentina) because of an injury.

23:35

Jorge Valdívia (Chile) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:35

Foul by Marcos Rojo (Argentina).

23:08 Booking

Booking Francisco Silva (Chile) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

22:58

Foul by Francisco Silva (Chile).

22:58

Ángel Di María (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:20

Attempt missed. Eduardo Vargas (Chile) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Francisco Silva with a through ball following a fast break.

20:51

Dangerous play by Alexis Sánchez (Chile).

20:51

Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:54

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a cross.

18:27

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Chile).

18:27

Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:12

Charles Aránguiz (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:12

Foul by Lucas Biglia (Argentina).

12:34

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:34

Foul by Marcelo Díaz (Chile).

10:56

Foul by Charles Aránguiz (Chile).

10:56

Ángel Di María (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:29

Attempt saved. Arturo Vidal (Chile) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

9:17

Attempt missed. Eduardo Vargas (Chile) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Charles Aránguiz.

6:56

Offside, Argentina. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Ángel Di María is caught offside.

6:41

Attempt missed. Jean Beausejour (Chile) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

6:13

Jorge Valdívia (Chile) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:13

Foul by Lucas Biglia (Argentina).

5:51

Attempt blocked. Eduardo Vargas (Chile) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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