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FOOTBALL// For the second consecutive year, Chile edged the top-ranked Argentines on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw, this time 4-2 in the Copa America Centenario final before 82,026 at MetLife Stadium. With the tiebreaker tied at 2, Jean Beausejour converted for Chile, and teammate Claudio Bravo stopped Lucas Biglia’s bid. Francisco Silva then clinched it by scoring into the lower left corner. In the first round of the penalty shootout, the two stars, Chile’s Arturo Vidal and Messi, failed. Vidal’s shot was stopped by Sergio Romero, and Messi skied his effort over the crossbar. Argentina has not won a major title since the 1993 Copa America and, with Sunday’s defeat, fell in the final of a big tournament for the third consecutive summer. La Albiceleste lost in extra time at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and on penalties at the 2015 Copa in Chile. Chile had waited 99 years to win its first Copa title last year; the second came less than a year later. Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.

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