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Messi quits Argentina after Copa America defeat to Chile

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By Euronews
Messi quits Argentina after Copa America defeat to Chile

Chile are celebrating their second successive Copa America title after beating Argentina again in the final, this time at New Jersey’s Metlife stadium.

There were few memorable moments in the match which had as many cards as shots on goal in the first half which also saw both teams reduced to ten men.

Chile’s Marcelo Diaz saw red for a second crude challenge on Lionel Messi. About 15 minutes later Argentina’s Marcos Rojo was given a straight red for a rough tackle on Arturo Vidal.

It was no major surprise when it finished all square after 90 minutes as neither side created any clear cut chances but extra time saw both teams come close to a winner.

So it took spot kicks to decide the result and arguably, the most remarkable moment came when Lionel Messi, five-time World Player of the Year, blasted over the bar.

It’s his third defeat in a Copa America final and fourth in a major final for Argentina after their loss to Germany at the 2014 World Cup. Shortly after the match a clearly emotional Messi announced his retirement.

“In the dressing room I thought that this is the end for me with the national team, it’s not for me,” the 29-year-old striker said. “I tried so hard to be a champion with Argentina. Now I’m leaving without having managed it.”

Chile’s Francisco Silva scored the winning penalty.