Santiago, July 5 (IANS) Argentine attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi nonetheless believes teammate Lionel Messi will encourage Argentina to a world title regardless of dropping to Chile within the Copa America 2015 ultimate.
In the penalty shoot out, after Higuain shot his penalty over the bar and Bravo saved Ever Banega’s kick, the writing was on the wall for Argentina.
Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal: “This is a dream come true, this team deserves something like this”.
The ex- Real Madrid player missed last summer’s World Cup final against Germany after being injured in Argentina’s quarterfinal victory over Belgium.
Higuain had earlier also turned a clear chance wide in injury-time in normal time, but Argentina were left still waiting for their first global title since 1993.
The two sides were deadlocked 0-0 after 90 minutes and when another half an hour of extra time failed to produce a goal, the contest was destined to be decided by penalties.
Following their World Cup last defeat in 2014, he described failure at the ultimate hurdle as soon as once more as a ‘”torture”.
“Our whole idea was to win something, we knew that this was the moment”, goalkeeper Claudio Bravo said.
Chile defender Jose Rojas said his team-mates would need to raise their performance against Argentina.
In extra-time Sanchez nearly punished a rare slip by Mascherano but shot over the bar.
“If Argentina had been able to take control of the match at some point, Messi was going to make sure that we noticed why he is the best player in the world”, Sampaoli said.
Arsenal Ace, Alexis Sanchez stepped up to convert the winning penalty as Chile triumphed 4-1 over Argentina.
“I think we have to do the same thing that we did in the match in the qualifiers for Brazil, which was a very seasoned Chile, a Chile that wanted to play on equal terms”. Paraguay were blown away 6-1 as the Albiceleste finally produced the type of display their glittering array of attacking talent had long threatened.
Messi has yet to score in open play but if he pulls the strings like he did against the Paraguayans that will not concern his coach.