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Copa América Centenario Final

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Covid-19
Attendance  82,026
Date  26 June 2016
Man of the match  Claudio Bravo
Weather  77 °F (25 °C), Clear
Venue  MetLife Stadium
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Event  Copa América Centenario
Champion  Chile national football team
Referee  Héber Lopes (Brazilian Football Confederation)
Location  MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Similar  2011 Copa América Final, 2015 Copa América Final, 2015 Copa América, 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, 2007 Copa América Final

The Copa América Centenario Final was a 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.

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The match was contested by Argentina and Chile, making it a rematch of the 2015 final. 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 fourth and third consecutive final defeat with Argentina), although he later reversed this decision.

Background

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 only title in last year's edition as the host nation.

Closing ceremony

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

Match

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

Statistics

Source: ESPN

Post-match

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

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.

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; ESPN Deportes reported that Ángel Di María, Lucas Biglia, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Éver Banega could potentially retire as well.

References

Copa América Centenario Final Wikipedia


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