East Rutherford (USA), June 27: Argentina lost yet another final in a major tournament on Sunday (June 26) when they to Chile in tie-breaker in what made up a replica of the 2015 final. It was only that the Albicelestes could reduce their gap with the Chileans by one goal in 2016. ['Hurt' Lionel Messi quits international football]
With this, Argentina lost three big finals in three consecutive years starting with their 0-1 defeat against Germany in the final of the 2014 Fifa World Cup. [Mexit: Why Lionel Messi's decision to quit international football is a perfect diplomacy]
The spate of defeats in the finals also mean that Argentina have not won a major tournament since winning the Copa in 1993 when they defeated Mexico 2-1 in the final. It was the second consecutive title win for Argentina who had also won the cup in 1991. [Twitterati expresses shock over Messi's exit]
Argentina have lost 4 Copa finals since 1993
The Argentines have made to the finals four times since winning the Copa America 23 years ago but despite losing not a single match in three of those editions, could never lift the title. In 2004, they lost 2-4 in penalty to arch-rivals Brazil after the match ended 2-2 in the allotted time while in 2007, the same opponents drubbed them 3-0.
The Argentines, however, were the most successful side in the pre-Copa era when they had won the South American Championship as many as 12 times between 1916 and 1967.
In Fifa World Cup, Argentina have lost 2 finals since 1986
In the Fifa World Cup, too, Argentina have not tasted success since 1986 when they had won the big title for the second and last time. They lost to the then West Germany in the final of the 1990 edition and then again to the same opponent in the final of the 2014 edition. The final scoreline in both matches was same---1-0.
At the Olympics, Argentina lost final once since 1986
Besides, Argentina have won two Olympic golds in football in the 2004 and 2008 editions while lost the 1996 final to Nigeria.
Argentina are currently ranked No. 1 by Fifa.