Throwing Insults or getting aggressive with the family members of footballers is not uncommon when the play is conducted on the South American soil. And a similar incident took place when Argentina played Chile in the Copa America 2015 final. This time the target was Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi’s family who came under attack from the Chilean fans in the end of first half of the game, which Argentina eventually lost 1-4 in the penalties at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago. Messi’s brother Rodrigo was hit by an object thrown by Chile fan after which the family was shifted in the television cabin for their safety.
Chile defeated Argentina on penalties here to end their 99-year wait for a Copa America crown and condemn Lionel Messi to a second straight heartbreak in a major international final. Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez struck the winning spot-kick for Chile, as the hosts clinched a 4-1 shoot-out victory when the game ended goalless after extra time.
Sanchez chipped the decisive penalty down the middle past Sergio Romero to spark wild celebrations in front of a 45,000 capacity crowd at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago. Chile took control of the shoot-out when Gonzalo Higuain blazed his penalty over the bar before Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved Ever Banega’s spot-kick.
Argentina captain Messi, aiming to inspire the South American giants to a first international title in 22 years, could only look on distraught as Chile celebrated. Chile’s win was their first ever victory over Argentina in the Copa America. (Inputs from PTI).