A Cup brimming with novelties
The 1937 Copa America, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, boasted a series of new events. For starters, the competition was no longer called the South-American Championship. Beginning in 1936, the previous year (for the first time in history), the Copa America held its first match at night, saw the first player to be sent off (Uruguayan Juan Emilio Piriz, in the 3-nil defeat to Chile) and the greatest number of participants ever (a total of six).
Playing at home, Argentina had to overcome Brazil twice to lift their fifth Copa América title. After losing to Uruguay in the penultimate round (which infuriated the local fans), the Argentineans beat Brazil in the last match by the odd goal, scored by Enrique García, which brought on a rubber match. After a goal-less draw in regulation, Argentina secured victory in extra-time, when 17-year-old Vicente de la Mata, scored a brace.