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Chileans celebrate 'centenario' Copa America triumph

Chileans celebrate 'centenario' Copa America triumph


The trophy symbolizing Chile’s win at the Copa America for the second time.

About 40,000 Chileans gathered at the Estadio Nacional on Sunday in Santiago to celebrate the country’s centenario win.

“We have made many sacrifices to give the country this joy. What we achieved is very valuable. We once again appreciate the patience that you have had with us, especially all those moments in which we weren’t perhaps qualified to achieve these successes,” said Claudio Bravo, the team captain.

The celebrations come a week after the Chilean national team upset Argentina with a penalty shoot out that led to their win.

The victory however cost t he career of Lionel Messi who decided to resign from international football.

Last year, the team won their first COPA America in the exact same way, beating Argentina on penalties after extra time.

The Copa America Centenario was played in the United States for the first time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the inaugural Copa America in 1916