Gonzalo Higuain had a chance at glory against Chile. He could have won the Copa America for Argentina. All the demons from his past season that saw him struggle in big moments for Napoli could have been wiped away.
Then he had another chance.
And another chance.
And he missed them all.
Higuain was Argentina's second substitute, coming on for Kun Agüero in the 74th minute of the match with a goalless scoreline despite an absolutely thrilling performance from both teams. He was involved in a couple of half chances, and with the last kick of regulation, he had a chance to win it after running onto a pass from former Napoli man Ezequiel Lavezzi, with the back post at his mercy and no time for Chile to respond.
Then after a frustrating extra time period, he had a chance at a loose ball, rifling it at goal with Claudio Bravo not looking quite set to make the save -- but hit it straight at Gary Medel.
That sent the match to a penalty shootout. Pipita stepped up as Argentina's second penalty taker, with the shootout standing at 2-1 in favor of Chile after each of Mati Fernandez, Lionel Messi, and Arturo Vidal all made their shots. Then, in a moment of horrifying deja vu for Napoli fans -- he did this.
Chile went on to win the shootout 4-1 after Ever Banega missed as well, leaving us to witness this heartbreaking scene.
YOU MONSTER, YOU MADE POCHO CRY!