Led by coach Jorge Sampaoli, Chile won the Copa America for the first time in their history after a dramatic penalty shootout against Lionel Messi's Argentina in the final in Santiago. Chile had previously lost four Copa America finals, the last one 28 years ago. Chile were one of the four participants at the inaugural Copa America 99 years ago and had never won an important international trophy. The match-winning hero was Alexis Sánchez, who plays for Arsenal in the English Premier League, who scored the crucial penalty to give Chile a 4-1 win in the shootout.

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