Brazil won the Copa America for the seventh time after beating Argentina in a penalty shootout, 4-2, on Sunday. Brazil scored on the last kick of regulation to tie the game at 2 and send it into the shootout before a crowd of 45,000 at Lima's Estadio Nacional.
Cesar Delgado looked to have given Argentina a record 15th championship with a goal in the 87th minute that made the score 2-1. However, tournament top-scorer Adriano forced the shootout with a volley from 12 yards in the 93rd minute.
"We never thought it would be easy," Brazil Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said. "Argentina came with all these experienced players, but our team proved they are capable of overcoming any difficulties."
Adriano finished with seven goals, the most important of which was the last.
"I can't explain how I'm feeling right now," Adriano said. "This is definitely the greatest moment in my career."
There was a near-brawl between the teams at the end of regulation, with Argentina players unhappy about taunts from Brazil's bench. Referee Carlos Amarilla of Paraguay requested riot police to separate the sides.
"They shouldn't have celebrated ahead of time," Parreira said.
The sides immediately went to the shootout. Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar dived to his right to block Argentina's opening shot. Gabriel Heinze, who recently signed with Manchester United, then put Argentina's second shot over the crossbar.
Adriano, Edu, Diego and Juan converted penalty kicks for Brazil, which has won three of the last four titles.
Cristian Gonzalez and Juan Pablo Sorin converted penalty kicks for Argentina.
"We keep asking ourselves what we could have done differently to have avoided this kind of result," Argentina Coach Marcelo Bielsa said. "Argentina always pressured and sought ways to win just as it did through the tourney. Unfortunately, what happened is what happened."
After Luisao brought down Argentina's Luis Gonzalez in the penalty area, Kily Gonzalez converted a penalty kick in the 20th minute for a 1-0 lead. Luisao tied the score after he headed in Alex's free kick one minute into first-half injury time.
Brazil had advanced to the final with a victory over Uruguay in penalty kicks in the semifinals. In that game, Brazil made every kick in the shootout, just as it did on Sunday.
Both Brazil and Argentina were missing many of their top players. They had been given the tournament off following long European club seasons and tough World Cup qualifiers. But that did not detract from Brazil's championship.
"We had to make a huge effort and it's a pleasure to win," Brazil captain Alex told reporters. "All Brazil can celebrate."