ABC World Cup: We Have New Holders (Again!)

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Wow it’s only been two weeks since the last ABC World Cup update, but a huge amount has happened. There’s been three games with three separate winners, meaning the trophy has changed hands twice. Let’s begin…

I start with Colombia, who held the trophy going into the knockout stages of the Copa America. They faced Argentina in the quarter-finals, but the nations could not be separated after 90 or 120 minutes, meaning penalties would decide it. It was 4-4 after five spot-kicks each, and in the end it was Colombia’s Jeison Murillo who missed his to send the Argentines through and hand over the ABC World Cup. In the process, they became the first country to win the trophy on two separate occasions.

Lionel Messi and co then came up against Paraguay in the semi-finals, who they had drawn 2-2 with in the group stages. However, they weren’t taking any chances this time around and retained the ABC World Cup in spectacular fashion with a 6-1 win.  Marcos Rojo put them ahead from Lionel Messi’s free-kick and Javier Pastore made it 2-0 with a low shot. Lucas Barrios pulled one back from 20 yards, but Angel Di Maria then netted twice, slotting in from Pastore’s pass and then converting a rebound. Sergio Aguero headed in a fifth and Gonzalo Higuain blasted in a sixth.

That set up a final with hosts Chile, a game which once again went all the way to penalties, despite a host of chances in normal time, including Gonzalo Higuain’s miss from just a couple of yards out. Chile scored all of their spot-kicks as Alexis Sanchez slotted in the winning penalty after Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain fired over and Ever Banega was denied by Claudio Bravo. Chile won the Copa America and the ABC World Cup, both for the first ever, sparking wild scenes of celebration in Santiago.

You can read all about the ABC World Cup and it’s history here, whilst below you can see a complete record so far…

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