Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final on Sunday. Securing the national team’s first title in 28 years and the superstar’s first major international trophy. After the Argentine vs Brazil game, a tearful Messi was thrown into the air by some of his delighted teammates.
Besides, Argentina scored the game-winning goal in the 22nd minute. In Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium, after Rodrigo de Paul made a long ball to Angel di Maria. However, The experienced attacker, 33, took advantage of some poor defending from left-back Renan Lodi to grab hold and lob it past goalkeeper Ederson. It was only Brazil’s third goal in the tournament. Neymar tried hard with dribbles and passes, but Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was hardly challenging.
Messi’s Performance in Copa America Final
Messi’s performance in the final was not as brilliant as it had been in previous tournament matches, in which he had four goals and five assists. In the 88th minute, he had a clear opportunity to dribble Ederson. Undoubtedly, the Brazilian goalkeeper stopped him.
“I can’t cry yet,” Di Maria said after the match. “We dreamed of getting this, and we fought. Many people criticized us and asked us not to come back [to the national team].”
Following the Brazil vs Argentina final game, Messi, tied for the tournament’s highest goal scorer with four goals and was named joint best player alongside Neymar. However, Messi was silent throughout Saturday’s Brazil vs Argentina final match, and he missed a fantastic opportunity to end the game with two minutes left.
“Argentina Champions, Lionel Messi Champion!” Argentina TV said as the final whistle blew.
It didn’t matter in the end, as the fearless Albiceleste continue to cling on until they heard the most awaited of all final whistles in nearly 30 years: the one that indicated their first Copa America victory since the Gabriel Batistuta-inspired triumph of 1993. Indeed the end of Messi’s long wait for major international recognition.
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