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How did the last 10 finals of Copa America pan out?

June 25, 2016 10:29 IST

The Copa America was played as a 12-team tournament from 1993 when the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) invited two teams from CONCACAF, the North and Central America and Caribbean region, to join in.

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With the Copa America Centenario mouthwatering final between Lionel Messi's Argentina and Alexis Sanchez's Chile on Sunday, here are details of the 10 finals since:

Members of Venezuela enter the field before the 2016 Copa America Centenario quarterfinal match against Argentina at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts

1993 (Host Ecuador):Argentina 2 Mexico 1. Gabriel Batistuta struck twice for holders Argentina who had progressed through the knockout rounds with penalty shootout wins over Brazil and Colombia

1995 (Uruguay): Uruguay 1 Brazil 1 (5-3 pens). Midfielders Enzo Francescoli and Gus Poyet steered Uruguay to the title and a shootout victory over the world champions

1997 (Bolivia):Brazil 3 Bolivia 1. Ronaldo and Romario teamed up to help Brazil become the first team to hold the Copa America and World Cup at the same time

1999 (Paraguay):Brazil 3 Uruguay 0. A team featuring Ronaldo and Rivaldo, who scored twice in the final, helped Brazil retain the trophy with the pair ending as joint top scorers with five goals each

2001 (Colombia):Colombia 1 Mexico 0. Holders Brazil were upset 2-0 by Honduras in the quarter-finals and a goal by defender Ivan Cordoba sealed Colombia’s first and only title

2004 (Peru): Argentina 2 Brazil 2 (4-2 pens). Brazil striker Adriano headed an equaliser in the final seconds of stoppage time to take the final to a shootout

2007 (Venezuela):Brazil 3 Argentina 0. Argentina, with Juan Roman Riquelme in his pomp and a young Lionel Messi, were undone by Brazil’s counter-attacks and a decisive own goal by Roberto Ayala

2011 (Argentina):Uruguay 3 Paraguay 0. Two goals by Diego Forlan and one from Luis Suarez sealed a romping win at the River Plate stadium in Buenos Aires

2015 (Chile):Chile 0 Argentina 0 after extra time (4-1 pens). Chile’s best generation, moulded by a succession of Argentine coaches, undid Messi’s World Cup finalists

2016 (United States):Argentina v Chile. Sixteen teams including six from CONCACAF in a 16-nation format for the first time to celebrate the tournament’s 100th anniversary.

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