Monday, 18 October 2021

Argentina beat Brazil by 1-0 in Copa America Final

Argentina beat Brazil by 1-0 in Copa America Final

Copa America Final 2021, Argentina vs. Brazil: Lionel Messi's Argentina beat Brazil by 1-0 on Saturdays in Copa America final to secure the national team's first title in 28 years and the superstar's first major international trophy.

Argentina's winning goal in Rio de Janeiro at the Maracana Stadium came in the 22nd minute after midfielder Rodrigo de Paul made a long pass to Angel di Maria. The 33-year-old veteran striker counted on some sloppy defending from left-back Renan Lodi to take control and lob it past the goalkeeper Ederson. It was only the third goal Brazil recognize in the tournament. Neymar tried hard with dribbles and passes, but the Selecao barely threatened Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

Argentina XI: Damian Martinez, Otamendi, Acuna, Montiel, Romero, De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso, Messi, Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez

Brazil XI: Ederson, Thiago Silva, Danilo, Marquinhos, Renan Lodi, Casemiro, Fred, Everton, Lucas Paqueta, Richarlison, Neymar

Lionel Messi won the first trophy with his national team Argentina as Angel Di Maria's goal gave Argentina a 1-0 win over Brazil in the Copa America final on Saturday. The victory ended Argentina's 28-year wait for a major trophy at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium, ending Brazil's unconquered home record that sprawl back more than 2,500 days. In 1993, Argentina had last tasted success at a major tournament when the great Gabriel Batistuta's caliper gave them a 2-1 win over Mexico in Ecuador in the Copa final.

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said 

"It's a huge title, especially for our individuals.

"The fans support the team unconditionally. I think they can recognize with this team that never gives in," 

Argentina beat Brazil by 1 0 in Copa America Final messiGetty Images

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It was the first time in six volumes playing at home that Brazil had crashed to lift the trophy.

And while 34-year-old Lionel Messi's pilgrimage has come to an end, Brazil's Neymar, five years his junior, is still struggling without a major title at the international level, having missed the Selecao's win on home soil two years ago because of injury.

Argentina edged a cruel and fractious affair and thanks to Di Maria's goal on 22 minutes.

The 33-year-old winger (Di Maria) ran onto Rodrigo De Paul's gorgeous through ball to lob on Brazil goalkeeper Ederson with a first-time finish.

"We fell short so many times, we dreamt so much about this, fought so hard," said Di Maria, who was named man of the match.

"Many people said we wouldn't manage it, we were criticized a lot. But we kept banged at the door and kept going until today we knocked it down and entered."

Lionel Messi could have to swaddle up the win two minutes from time but shifted when clean through with only Ederson to beat. 

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