In the 25th edition of the Copa América, held in Peru, Argentina showcased a thrilling football, and clinched the South-American title in stylish fashion. In Lima, the venue of the competition for a fifth time in history, the side coached by Guillermo Stábile scored 24 times in five matches, lifting the title with one round to spare – in the last match, newly-crowned champions Argentina lost to Peru.
On their debut, the Argentineans destroyed Colombia 8-2. In the sequence, they beat Ecuador 3-nil, current champions Uruguay 4-nil, Chile 6-2, and Brazil, who would win the World Cup the following year, 3 to nothing. Striker Humberto Maschio, with 4 goals scored against Colombia, was the leading scorer of the competition alongside Uruguayan Javier Ambrois, with 9 goals, matching the record of Jair Rosa Pinto, who also claimed 9 goals in 1949.
In 1957, Brazilian striker Zizinho, with a brace, reached the mark of 17 goals scored in the history of the Copa América and equaled the feat of Argentinean Norberto Méndez. From 1916 to 2001, they were the two greatest scorers in the competition.