For its 100th anniversary, South America's championship was expanded to 16 nations and played in the United States, and Argentina was hoping to win a first major title since 1993.
A crowd of 82,076 at MetLife Stadium -- the largest to see a soccer game in New Jersey -- raised the tournament total to just under 1.48 million.
Lionel Messi led Argentina into the final of the Copa America Centenario, up against Chile in a repeat of last year's final.
The match was bitty and somewhat violent, with few clear-cut chances and many cards. After 120 minutes without goals, the decider went to a penalty shootout. Chile missed their opening kick when Arturo Vidal saw his shot saved by Sergio Romero. Lionel Messi blasted his penalty kick high over the bar. It was the first penalty shootout miss in Messi’s Argentina career, and it came at the worst time.
In a repeat of last year’s final, Chile won the 2016 Copa America Centenary, beating Argentina 4-2 on penalties in New Jersey.
"For me the national team is over. It's been four finals, it's not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over. I've done all I can. It hurts not to be a champion," the 29-year-old Barcelona superstar told reporters on Sunday after his fourth defeat in a major final with Argentina.
“It’s tough, it’s not the time for analysis,” he said. “In the dressing room I thought that this is the end for me with the national team, it’s not for me. That’s the way I feel right now, it’s a huge sadness once again and I missed the penalty that was so important.
“I tried so hard to be [a] champion with Argentina. But it didn’t happen. I couldn’t do it. I think it’s best for everyone, for me and for many people who want it. The choice for me is over, it is a decision. I tried many times [to be a champion] but did not.”
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