Argentina wins its first main title since 1993 after a 1-0 win in opposition to Brazil.
Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in Saturday’s Copa America closing to safe the nationwide workforce’s first title in 28 years.
Argentina’s profitable objective on the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro got here within the twenty second minute after Rodrigo de Paul made an extended move to Angel di Maria.
The 33-year-old veteran striker counted on some sloppy defending from left-back Renan Lodi to take management and lob it previous goalkeeper Ederson.
It was solely the third objective Brazil conceded within the match.
Brazil piled on the strain in an thrilling second half however even with 5 strikers on the sphere they might not get an equaliser in opposition to an Argentine defence protected by the excellent Rodrigo De Paul.
Argentina’s win was a selected triumph for Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who picked up his first ever title in a blue and white shirt after greater than a decade of membership and particular person honours.
When the match ended, a tearful Messi was thrown into the air by a few of his joyous teammates.
Messi completed the match’s joint prime goalscorer with 4 objectives and was elected joint finest participant together with Neymar. However he was quiet all through and uncharacteristically missed a golden alternative to wrap the sport up with two minutes remaining.
When the ultimate whistle went, Argentina TV declared “Argentina Champions, Lionel Messi Champion!”
The victory was Argentina’s fifteenth Copa America triumph and means they draw stage with Uruguay because the all-time main winners.
Their win prolonged their sequence of undefeated matches to twenty beneath Lionel Scaloni and handed Brazil their first aggressive defeat since they misplaced to Belgium within the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup.