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Chile shocks Argentina to win Copa America title

Chile's players hold up the Copa America trophy after the final soccer match against Argentina at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, July 4, 2015. Chile's Bravo made a save and striker Alexis Sanchez converted the winning penalty as host Chile defeated Argentina 4-1 in a shootout after a 0-0 draw in the Copa America final on Saturday, finally winning its first major title. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

Chile’s players celebrate with the Copa America trophy after defeating Argentina 4-1 on penalty kicks

Chile secured the first major trophy in their history on home soil courtesy of a 4-1 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.

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

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