Football: Penalties take Uruguay to final
The incident overshadowed a forgettable match in which Alejandro gave Uruguay a first-half lead before Ivan Zamorano equalised for Chile with his third goal of the tournament. His striking partner, Marcelo Salas, was less proficient, missing a penalty which could have earned his side victory.
Uruguay will play either Brazil or Mexico, who were due to stage the second semi-final, at Ciudad del Este, early this morning.
Acosta was sent off shortly after Chile's equaliser but, instead of being allowed to go quietly to the stands, he was surrounded by five armed officers who led him away. "It was abhorrent, humiliating and disrespectful of the police to take me from the field in the way they did," Acosta said. "Instead of protecting you, they try to remove you from the field of play. They were trying to attract attention by doing something which is not part of their job."
Uruguay reached the final despite resting their European-based players after a long season with their clubs. The game, played in a near-deserted stadium, was possibly the worst of the tournament.
The result means Uruguay have managed to win only once in normal time on their way to the final, having needed penalties to get through both their quarter-final and semi-final matches.
Extra time is not played in the Copa America and in the penalty shoot- out, Chile's Mauricio Aros was the only player to miss when his effort was saved by Fabian Carini.
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
£28000 - £32000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: Maintenance...
£30000 - £38000 per annum + pesion + holidays: The Jenrick Group: World Wide S...
£35000 per annum + Pension+Bupa: The Jenrick Group: We are recruiting for an e...
£43500 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: Night Shift Operatio...