PHOTOS: Chile outshoot Argentina to win first Copa America

first_imgChile ended their 99-year wait for a Copa America title by beating Argentina 4-1 on penalties to win the tournament on home soil in Santiago.Jorge Sampaoli’s side denied Lionel Messi his first international honour by edging out La Albiceleste in the shootout, having dominated much of the contest in regular and extra time – despite failing to create much in the way of goalscoring opportunities.However, Gonzalo Higuain passed up a golden chance to claim victory for Argentina in stoppage time after 90 minutes – sending a tame shot from a tight angle into the side netting with the goal gaping. And the Napoli forward proved the villain in extra-time too, blazing Argentina’s second kick high over the bar to give Chile the advantage – which La Roja, having finally earned it, never relinquished.Ever Banega also missed in the shootout, with Messi the only Albiceleste player to find the net from the spot. Chile’s penalty kicks were flawless, and Alexis Sanchez delivered the decisive blow, clipping the ball coolly down the centre to spark wild celebrations in the host nation.Four-time runners-up Chile celebrated in style as Argentina were left to reflect on what might have been once again, as their 22-year wait for a major trophy goes on.Argentina have now lost two of the last three Copa finals and Lionel Messi – the only Argentina player to score in the shootout – is still to lift a major trophy at international level. –  –last_img read more

Trent Boult hat-trick leads New Zealand to win over Pakistan in 1st ODI

first_imgTrent Boult became only the third male New Zealand cricketer to claim an ODI hat-trick as New Zealand beat Pakistan by 47 runs in the first ODI at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.Boult joined Danny Morrison and Shane Bond in the history books of New Zealand as he absolutely shut out the Pakistan top order to inflict their first loss in nine matches.During the Pakistan innings, Shadab Khan had claimed three wickets in four deliveries but Boult topped that with a hat-trick.Pakistan had dominated the first hour of play with Shaheen Afridi and Shadab, both ending up with four wickets, but it was the tail of New Zealand batting that propelled them to a defendable total of 266.Boult first bowled danger man Fakhar Zaman off his pads, before Babar Azam nicked through to slip and Mohammad Hafeez was trapped in-front, with the home side in a funk at 3/8.What better man to interview Trent Boult after play than fellow NZ ODI hat-trick hero – Danny Morrison #PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/UvQlWh1fnTBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 7, 2018Boult had missed the Twenty20 International series to attend the birth of his first child but it didn’t take long for him to announce his arrival in the ODI series.Shoaib Malik and Imam ul-Haq, who was just four years old when Malik made his debut against West Indies at Sharjah in October 1999, combined to slowly rebuild the Pakistan innings, in similar fashion to Taylor and Latham in the first.advertisementArdent Pakistan fans had to dig a little deeper for optimism when a double strike ended the 63-run fourth-wicket partnership, as Pakistan fell to 73/5. Firstly, Lockie Ferguson dismissed Imam (34 from 36 balls), who mistimed a pull to de Grandhomme, with the catcher then nabbing Malik (30 from 50) the next over, who picked out Williamson at mid-off.Sarfraz Ahmed and Imad Wasim also combined effectively. Sarfraz was his usual busy self and although Imad focused more on resistance in the early part of his knock, successive maximums in the 36th over signalled Pakistan weren’t going down without a fight.The skipper soon reached his half-century as the pair clocked up their century stand, which threatened to give this match the climax it deserved until de Grandhomme (2/40, plus two catches) picked up the vital scalp of Sarfraz (64 from 69 balls) as the match entered the final ten overs. Imad reached fifty before Southee got his man, while Ferguson claimed the wicket of Shaheen as New Zealand got their series off to a promising start.Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bat, New Zealand’s George Worker and Colin Munro didn’t last long, the former edging tamely to Sarfraz Ahmed off Shaheen Afridi (4/46) before the teenage sensation removed his fellow opener lbw.The early inroads shackled the New Zealand batsmen in the middle overs, but Kane Williamson and Taylor kept the scorecard ticking along before the former picked out short midwicket off a Shadab long hop.Latham, who boasts an exceptional record in Asia, joined Taylor at the crease as the duo set about hitting over half of their team’s total. It wasn’t a demolition job by no means, just accomplished batting, calmly finding the gaps without too much risk. Only 20 of Latham’s 68 runs came from boundaries, but the Kiwis were hitting five runs an over without breaking sweat.With Taylor and Latham in control, Shadab (4/38) then bowled a potentially match-defining over when he trapped Latham and Henry Nicholls in front off successive spinning deliveries. He then got Colin de Grandhomme edged at slip two balls later.Another big wicket followed when Taylor was bowled by Imad the next over, with New Zealand’s mid-to-lower order all but wiped out.Some cagey batting followed from the tail until Ish Sodhi hit 24 providing an unlikely cameo with three welcome sixes off Hasan Ali at the death. Boult also smashed a maximum off the last ball by Junaid Khan as Pakistan conceded 50 runs off the final five overs in an innings full of ebb and flow.Pakistan will look to level the three-match series when the two teams meet in the second ODI on Friday.(With ICC inputs)last_img read more