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Copa América Centenario Final

Copa América Centenario Final
Copa America game between Columbia vs Peru at the MetLife Stadium.jpg
MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford (pictured earlier in the tournament) hosted the final.
EventCopa América Centenario
After extra time
Chile won 4–2 on penalties
Date26 June 2016 (2016-06-26)
VenueMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Man of the MatchClaudio Bravo (Chile)[1]
RefereeHéber Lopes (Brazil)[2]
Weather25 °C (77 °F), Clear[4]

The Copa América Centenario Final was an association football match that took place on 26 June 2016 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States to determine the winner of the Copa América Centenario.[5]

The match was contested by Argentina and Chile, making it a rematch of the 2015 final.[6][7] Chile ultimately won on penalty kicks 4–2 after a 0–0 draw. Forward Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international football after the defeat, his third consecutive final defeat with Argentina, although he later reversed this decision.[8][9]


This edition was the first hosted by the United States. The match marks the sixth time Argentina reached the final. They have also been in the top two in previous 22 editions of the tournament. Their last championship (including worldwide tournaments) was won in 1993. Meanwhile, it was Chile's fourth final, also being in the top two in 2 more editions. They were the defending champions, winning their first international title in last year's edition as the host nation.

Route to the final

Argentina Round Chile
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
 Chile 2–1 Match 1  Argentina 1–2
 Panama 5–0 Match 2  Bolivia 2–1
 Bolivia 3–0 Match 3  Panama 4–2
Group D winner
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Argentina 3 9
2  Chile 3 6
3  Panama 3 3
4  Bolivia 3 0
Final standings Group D runner-up
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Argentina 3 9
2  Chile 3 6
3  Panama 3 3
4  Bolivia 3 0
Opponent Result Knockout stage Opponent Result
 Venezuela 4–1 Quarter-finals  Mexico 7–0
 United States 4–0 Semi-finals  Colombia 2–0

Closing ceremony

Pitbull and Becky G[10] performed the official song of the tournament, "Superstar", immediately following the match and trophy ceremony.[11]


As part of FIFA's approval of rule changes based on IFAB's new regulations, a fourth substitute was allowed on extra time.[5][12] However, neither team used the fourth substitution after the match went into extra time.


GK 1 Sergio Romero
RB 4 Gabriel Mercado
CB 17 Nicolás Otamendi
CB 13 Ramiro Funes Mori
LB 16 Marcos Rojo Red card 43'
CM 6 Lucas Biglia
CM 14 Javier Mascherano Yellow card 37'
CM 19 Éver Banega Substituted off 111'
RF 10 Lionel Messi (c) Yellow card 40'
CF 9 Gonzalo Higuaín Substituted off 70'
LF 7 Ángel Di María Substituted off 57'
MF 5 Matías Kranevitter Yellow card 94' Substituted in 57'
FW 11 Sergio Agüero Substituted in 70'
MF 18 Erik Lamela Substituted in 111'
Gerardo Martino
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GK 1 Claudio Bravo (c)
RB 4 Mauricio Isla
CB 17 Gary Medel
CB 18 Gonzalo Jara
LB 15 Jean Beausejour Yellow card 52'
CM 8 Arturo Vidal Yellow card 37'
CM 21 Marcelo Díaz Yellow card 16' Yellow-red card 28'
CM 20 Charles Aránguiz Yellow card 69'
RW 6 José Pedro Fuenzalida Substituted off 80'
LW 7 Alexis Sánchez Substituted off 104'
CF 11 Eduardo Vargas Substituted off 109'
FW 22 Edson Puch Substituted in 80'
MF 5 Francisco Silva Substituted in 104'
FW 16 Nicolás Castillo Substituted in 109'
Spain Juan Antonio Pizzi

Man of the Match:
Claudio Bravo (Chile)[1]

Assistant referees:[2]
Kléber Lúcio Gil (Brazil)
Bruno Boschilia (Brazil)
Fourth official:[2]
Roberto García Orozco (Mexico)
Fifth official:[2]
José Luis Camargo (Mexico)

Match rules[5]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra time.


Statistic[13] Argentina Chile
Goals scored 0 0
Total shots 18 4
Shots on target 3 2
Saves 2 3
Ball possession 46% 54%
Corner kicks 9 4
Fouls committed 14 22
Offsides 0 5
Yellow cards 5 3
Red cards 1 1


The match had an attendance of 82,026, the largest in the history of New Jersey.[14]

Argentina lost their third consecutive final (preceded by the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Copa América), while Chile won their second consecutive final and defended the Copa América after their win in 2015.[14][15]

Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international football after the match, saying "I've done all I can. It hurts not to be a champion." Argentine newspaper La Nación speculated that other players, including Sergio Agüero, Javier Mascherano and Gonzalo Higuaín were set to retire;[16] ESPN Deportes reported that Ángel Di María, Lucas Biglia, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Éver Banega could potentially retire as well.[8][17] On 12 August 2016, Messi reverted his decision and announced his comeback to international football, saying "There were too many things in my head during the day of the last final and I seriously thought about letting it go, but I love my country and this jersey so much."[18][19]


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  10. ^ Univision, Pitbull y Becky G cierran con broche de oro la Copa América Centenario (in Spanish), retrieved 26 June 2016
    Pitbull and Becky G performed the official song in the Copa América Centenario Final.
  11. ^ "Copa America Centenario to host Official Press Conference Tomorrow June 24 in NYC ahead of historic final". CONCACAF. 23 June 2016. Archived from the original on 26 June 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
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  17. ^ "Mascherano también renunció a la Selección" [Mascherano also quit the national team] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 27 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Lionel Messi vuelve a la selección de Argentina luego de su renuncia post Copa América" [Lionel Messi comes back to the Argentina national team after his post-Copa América resignation]. Canal 13 (in Spanish). 12 August 2016. Archived from the original on 10 November 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Lionel Messi confirmó su regreso a la selección con esta frase" [Lionel Messi confirmed his comeback to the national team with this quote]. El Comercio (in Spanish). 12 August 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2017.

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