2007 Copa América Final

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2007 Copa América Final
Event 2007 Copa América
Date July 15, 2007
Venue Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo
Referee Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay)
Attendance 40,000

The 2007 Copa América Final was the final match of the 2007 Copa América. It was held on 15 July 2007 in Maracaibo, Venezuela, between Brazil and Argentina. Brazil won 3–0, with goals from Júlio Baptista, a Roberto Ayala own goal and Dani Alves. Brazil won their eighth title, while Argentina could have won their fifteenth.[1]


It was the second consecutive final between Brazil and Argentina; Brazil had won the 2004 Final in a penalty shootout against Argentina. The match ended 2–2 after extra time: Kily González opened the scoring with a penalty, and Luisão headed an equaliser at the start of the second half. César Delgado put Argentina back into the lead with three minutes of normal time remaining, but Adriano equalised in added time. In the shootout, Brazil's Júlio César saved the first Argentine penalty by Andrés D'Alessandro while Gabriel Heinze missed,[2] and defender Juan scored the winner.[3]



Paraguayan Carlos Amarilla was chosen to be the referee, having also refereed the 2004 Final.[4] In the 2007 tournament he refereed two more matches, Uruguay against Peru, and Chile against Mexico, both of the first round.

Team selection[edit]

Of Argentina's team which took part in the 2004 Final, Roberto Abbondanzieri, Javier Zanetti, Gabriel Heinze, Roberto Ayala, Javier Mascherano, and Carlos Tevez started in the 2007 edition, with Lucho González a starter in 2004 and substitute in 2007.[2][5] For Brazil, Juan and Maicon started both, with Diego a substitute in both.[2][5]


Brazil took the lead in the fourth minute through Júlio Baptista, set up by Elano. Thirty minutes later, however, Elano went off injured to be replaced by Dani Alves. Alves sent in a cross in the 40th minute, which Ayala deflected for an own goal past Abbondanzieri to double Brazil's lead at half time.

In the 59th minute, Argentina substituted defensive midfielder Esteban Cambiasso for attacking alternative Pablo Aimar. Ten minutes later, Brazil scored their third and final goal: Vágner Love began a counterattack, running up the pitch and setting up Alves to score.[6]


July 15, 2007
17:05 (UTC-4)
Brazil  3–0  Argentina
Baptista Goal 4'
Ayala Goal 40' (o.g.)
Dani Alves Goal 69'
GK 12 Doni YC 51'
RB 2 Maicon
CB 4 Juan (c)
CB 3 Alex YC 37'
LB 6 Gilberto YC 54'
DM 5 Mineiro
DM 17 Josué YC 82'
RW 7 Elano Substituted off 34'
AM 19 Júlio Baptista YC 68'
LW 11 Robinho Substituted off 90'
FW 9 Vágner Love Substituted off 90'
RB 13 Dani Alves Substituted in 34'
DM 18 Fernando Substituted in 90'
AM 10 Diego Substituted in 90'
GK 1 Roberto Abbondanzieri
RB 8 Javier Zanetti
CB 2 Roberto Ayala (c)
CB 15 Gabriel Milito
LB 6 Gabriel Heinze
DM 14 Javier Mascherano YC 44'
CM 20 Juan Sebastián Verón Substituted off 67'
CM 19 Esteban Cambiasso Substituted off 59'
AM 10 Juan Román Riquelme
ST 18 Lionel Messi
ST 11 Carlos Tevez YC 75'
AM 16 Pablo Aimar Substituted in 59'
CM 13 Lucho González Substituted in 67'
Alfio Basile


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  2. ^ a b c "Copa América 2004". RSSSF. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  3. ^ O'Connor, Michael (26 July 2004). "Brazil snatch cup in late twist". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Copa América – El polémico Carlos Amarilla será el árbitro de Argentina-Uruguay" [Copa América – The controversial Carlos Amarilla will be the referee in Argentina-Uruguay]. Telediario Digital (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Copa América 2007". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 23 June 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Smyth, Rob (15 July 2007). "Argentina 0 - 3 Brazil". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2015.