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Sunday, 11 July 2021

Finally, Messi’s Argentina Beat Brazil To Win Copa America


Lionel Messi’s wait for an international trophy became history in the early hours of Sunday, July 11 after Argentina defeated Brazil 1 - 0 at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro to win the 2021 Copa América.

 

Angel Di Maria scored the only goal of the game with a fine lob in the first half after several chances. The PSG star received a long pass from the impressive Rodrigo De Paul, which he converted.

 

Lionel Messi finally wins major international trophy as Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in Copa America final

 

The win also ended Argentina’s 28-year wait for a major trophy, and Brazil’s unbeaten home record that stretched back more than 2,500 days. The victory was also Argentina's 15th Copa America triumph and means they draw level with Uruguay as the all-time leading winners.

 

Lionel Messi finally wins major international trophy as Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in Copa America final

 

For Brazil, it was the first time in 6 editions that they failed to lift the trophy as host of the competition. 

 

'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).' 

 

Messi, 34, dropped to the ground in joy at the full-time whistle and was swiftly mobbed by his teammates, before being hurled in the air in celebration, as he finally claimed top-level honours with his country in his 10th major tournament.

 

Messi had a chance to sign off the win but slipped with the goal at his mercy, in what would have been the perfect finale for the Argentine captain.


Defending champions Brazil were disappointing, with their only chances of note coming when Richarlison and Gabriel Barbosa forced saves from Emiliano Martinez.

 

Lionel Messi finally wins major international trophy as Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in Copa America final

 

In contrast to emotions, Messi's opposite number 10 and former Barcelona teammate Neymar sank to his knees in tears at the final whistle, as his pursuit of international success continues, having missed Brazil's 2019 Copa win through injury.

 

The pair, who played together at the Nou Camp between 2013 and 2017 before the Brazilian's move to Paris St-Germain, embraced in a long-lasting hug while they waited for the trophy ceremony.

 

The game was watched by a small crowd of 7,000 guests, because of Covid-19 restrictions, but was the first of the tournament to have spectators in attendance.

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