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Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli savours Copa America win over Argentina

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli says that his side deserved to beat Argentina in the Copa America final.
Gerardo Martino says Argentina didn't take their chances in the Copa America final while falling to Chile in penalties.
Chile won their first Copa America as they defeated Argentina 4-1 on penalties.
The ESPN FC panel evaluate the Copa America final between Chile and Argentina, as Chile won their first major title.
Chile triumphed over Argentina in dramatic fashion in the Copa America final as Alexis Sanchez put home the decisive penalty to secure the host nations first ever Copa America crown.

Head coach Jorge Sampaoli spent Sunday basking in a "priceless" feeling of euphoria after guiding Chile to their first ever Copa America title.

After 120 goalless minutes in Santiago, La Roja beat 14-time Copa winners Argentina 4-1 on penalties, with Alexis Sanchez's audacious chipped spot-kick proving the winning moment.

And Sampaoli, who felt his players were noticeably better than Lionel Messi and company, expects the nationwide party to continue for weeks and months to come.

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Lionel Messi says he hopes his goals come in Argentina-Chile final

Lionel Messi has said he is excited to play in his third national team final, but insisted it will be very difficult.
Paraguay head coach Ramon Diaz believes his side can be proud of their Copa America achievements, despite being handed a heavy 6-1 defeat to Argentina in Tuesday's semi-final.
Argentina head coach Tata Martino insists Lionel Messi doesn't need to score goals to be happy, after the attacker played a key role in his side's 6-1 win over Paraguay at the Copa America.
Argentina advance to their first Copa America final since 1993 with a rather convincing 6-1 win over Paraguay.

Lionel Messi helped set up five goals in Argentina's 6-1 drubbing of Paraguay during Tuesday's Copa America semifinal, but he said he's hopeful he will be the one to score vs. hosts Chile in the final on Saturday.

"I hope to God that my goals are being saved for the final," Messi told reporters after Tuesday's victory. "But in the final it doesn't matter whether the goals come from me or anyone else. We have met our first goal. We have made it to the final of a World Cup and now Copa America. We...

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Carlos Zambrano sorry to Peru fans for red after Copa America loss to Chile

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca admits Carlos Zambrano's 20th minute red card in their Copa America defeat to Chile gave them an uphill battle.
An Eduardo Vargas brace pushed Chile within a game of their first Copa America title as the hosts eliminated 10-man Peru 2-1 in the first semifinal.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down Chile's 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in the Copa America semifinals and now advance to the final for the first time since 1987.
Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli previewed Tuesday's Copa America semifinal against Peru and said he doesn't like being named as 'favourites.'
Hosts Chile remain on course for a first Copa America title when they face Peru in the semi-finals
Take a "By The Numbers" look ahead of the Copa America semifinals, where Argentina aim to advance to a 27th Copa America final and Arturo Vidal hopes to lead Chile on a historic run.

Peru defender Carlos Zambrano offered an apology to his country and his fans on Tuesday after Chile's 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in the semifinals of the Copa America on Monday.

Zambrano, 25, was sent off in the 20th minute after cleanly clearing the ball but landing an exaggerated studs-up follow-through into the small of Charles Aranguiz's back. The incident earned the Eintracht Frankfurt defender a straight red card and Chile's Arturo Vidal blasted the free-kick straight into the wall.

"Sure, now...