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Copa America Argentina stun Brazil in Copa América final to end 28year trophy

Copa America Argentina stun Brazil in Copa América final to end 28year trophy
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Argentina vs Brazil LIVE: Copa America result and final score tonight Sat, 10 Jul 2021 16:00:00 +0100-Argentina beat Brazil in Saturday's Copa América final to secure the national team's first title in 28 years and Lionel Messi's first major international trophy.

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Argentina stun Brazil in Copa América final to end 28-year trophy drought

July 11, 2021

Two long droughts ended on Saturday at the Copa América final: Argentina won their first major title since 1993 after a 1-0 win against Brazil. And Lionel Messi finally lifted his first major trophy for the national team, filling in one of the biggest gaps in his decorated career.

Argentina’s winning goal at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro came in the 22nd minute after Rodrigo de Paul made a long pass to Ángel 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 goalkeeper Ederson.

When the match ended, a tearful Messi was thrown into the air by some of his joyous teammates. Once criticized by Argentina fans for his quietness, he went to the few hundred guests chanting his name at the Maracanã and celebrated. Messi kissed the trophy before lifting it into the air during the presentations.

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni made five changes from the starting lineup that beat Colombia on penalties in the semi-final.

Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero, Marcos Acuña, Leandro Paredes and D María took the places of Nahuel Molina, Nicolás Tagliafico, Guido Rodríguez and Nicolás González.

Brazil, a team recognized for their steadiness, did not make any changes from the team that advanced to the final.

The teams were cautious early in the match, barely offering chances.

Neymar tried hard with dribbles and passes, but the Seleção barely threatened Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez in the first half. Argentina sat in the back, hoping for counter-attacks.

Brazil coach Tite tried to change the dynamic of the match by replacing defensive midfielder Fred for Roberto Firmino, and managed to do so for much of the second half. But though the Selecao had more ball posession there were few real opportunities.

Messi’s performance in the final was not as impressive as in previous matches of the tournament, during which he scored four goals and had five assists. He had a clear opportunity in the 88th minute, tried to dribble Ederson, but the Brazilian goalkeeper stopped him.

The title, however, provides the superstar some relief after all the questions throughout his career on his effectiveness playing for the national team.

The South American trophy is a relief for Argentina, which won their last major title when Messi was only six years old. Saturday’s victory in Rio gave the team its 15th Copa América title, equaling Uruguay’s total. Brazil has won the South American title nine times.


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Argentina stun Brazil in Copa América final to end 28-year trophy … Sat, 10 Jul 2021 16:00:00 +0100-Lionel Messi and Neymar meet in the Maracanã in South American football's showpiece match.

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Argentina vs Brazil LIVE: Latest Copa America final updates

July 11, 2021

Karl Matchett

Sunday 11 July 2021 03:13

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Argentina have won the Copa America after a 1-0 win over Brazil at the Maracana Stadium in Rio.

Angel Di Maria scored the only goal of the game with a fine lob in the first half, with most of the game’s best chances thereafter coming in a late flurry during the closing stages. The opening goal, when it came, was simplicity itself: a direct, diagonal pass toward Angel Di Maria, missed entirely by Renan Lodi – and then beautifully lofted over Ederson’s head and into the net from the PSG attacker.

Gabriel did force one smart save from Martinez, who tipped over his fierce half-volley, but the game’s best late chance fell at the other end moments later – but Lionel Messi failed to finish from close range.

In the end, it mattered not at all and served to wind down more precious seconds on the clock, as the resolute Albiceleste continued to cling on until they heard the most anticipated of all final whistles in almost 30 years: the one which signalled their first Copa America triumph since the Gabriel Batistuta-inspired triumph of 1993, and the end of the long wait of Messi to add major international honours to his long line of successes.

Follow live updates, analysis and reaction to the Copa America final below:

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The emotion is writ plain on the No10s face and he celebrates with his manager Scaloni, and the rest of the squad, in front of the Argentina fans gathered in one small area of the stadium. It has been a long, long time coming.

Argentina 1-0 Brazil: Di Maria nets the only goal of the game as Albiceleste win their 15th Copa title

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:58
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ARGENTINA WIN THE COPA AMERICA

It’s all over and they have done it! Argentina 1-0 Brazil, in the Maracana of all places – Messi’s international tournament wait for success is over!

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:52
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Brazil searching for that one final chance to get an equaliser but Argentina remain standing firm.

They are just seconds away from their first Copa win since 1993, a record-equalling 15th title.

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:50
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Into stoppage time we go and there will be five minutes of it.

Still stunned by that miss from Messi – he had Ederson down on the floor and tried to go around him, but missed his touch and fell to ground himself. Still, Argentina are almost there. Not much Tite or Scaloni can do at this point and it’s all on whether the players can find a way through…or keep up the blockade, depending on your point of view.

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:47
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Saved by Martinez! A free-kick lands at the left boot of Barbosa and he fizzes his half-volley toward goal – decent tip over from the Argentina goalkeeper.

Two more attempted crosses are cleared and then Messi leads a counter; De Paul plays a scintillating return pass into his captain’s path…and Messi stumbles to the ground with the goal at his mercy. What a chance to finish it.

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:44
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Worth noting we will have extra time if Brazil find an equaliser – unlike earlier in the tournament where the games went straight to penalties if drawn. So far though, Argentina are doing everything they need to, to keep their rivals at bay. Marquinhos was apparently booked in that earlier skirmish we mentioned, for a rather needless barge.

Into the final few minutes we go!

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:42
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Great challenge! Gabriel Barbosa is played in down the left channel and has a shooting chance – Pezzella, just on as sub, comes sliding across to make a fantastic block. From the resulting corner, Danilo sends one about 20 yards over the bar.

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:39
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Here we go, the other kind of kick-off time. Otamendi with a foul on Neymar, he’s booked, Vini Jr then clashes with him and Otamendi goes to ground. About eight players crowd around him including Marquinhos, who sprints 30 yards to get involved in some pointless shoving. Brazil need to keep their heads if they are to fashion a way through.

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:38
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Gabi goes down in the box but the referee says no foul and looks like Rodriguez has just got away with it. The Brazil striker and Otamendi quickly clash and have a few words, but on we go. Brazil with ten plus stoppage time to sort out their final third productivity.

Triple change for Argentina: Romero off and Pezzella on. Lautaro replaced by Palacios and Di Maria replaced by Nico Gonzalez.

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:36
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Firmino attempts a through-pass, then Vini Jr tries to dribble down the left. Both breaks are foiled by Argentina’s massed ranks – Tite has had enough and here’s a double change.

Emerson on for Lodi and Gabriel Barbosa on for Pacqueta.

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:32
Karl Matchett

Sunday 11 July 2021 03:13

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Argentina have won the Copa America after a 1-0 win over Brazil at the Maracana Stadium in Rio.

Angel Di Maria scored the only goal of the game with a fine lob in the first half, with most of the game’s best chances thereafter coming in a late flurry during the closing stages. The opening goal, when it came, was simplicity itself: a direct, diagonal pass toward Angel Di Maria, missed entirely by Renan Lodi – and then beautifully lofted over Ederson’s head and into the net from the PSG attacker.

Gabriel did force one smart save from Martinez, who tipped over his fierce half-volley, but the game’s best late chance fell at the other end moments later – but Lionel Messi failed to finish from close range.

In the end, it mattered not at all and served to wind down more precious seconds on the clock, as the resolute Albiceleste continued to cling on until they heard the most anticipated of all final whistles in almost 30 years: the one which signalled their first Copa America triumph since the Gabriel Batistuta-inspired triumph of 1993, and the end of the long wait of Messi to add major international honours to his long line of successes.

Follow live updates, analysis and reaction to the Copa America final below:

1625968680

The emotion is writ plain on the No10s face and he celebrates with his manager Scaloni, and the rest of the squad, in front of the Argentina fans gathered in one small area of the stadium. It has been a long, long time coming.

Argentina 1-0 Brazil: Di Maria nets the only goal of the game as Albiceleste win their 15th Copa title

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:58
1625968325

ARGENTINA WIN THE COPA AMERICA

It’s all over and they have done it! Argentina 1-0 Brazil, in the Maracana of all places – Messi’s international tournament wait for success is over!

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:52
1625968226

Brazil searching for that one final chance to get an equaliser but Argentina remain standing firm.

They are just seconds away from their first Copa win since 1993, a record-equalling 15th title.

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:50
1625968030

Into stoppage time we go and there will be five minutes of it.

Still stunned by that miss from Messi – he had Ederson down on the floor and tried to go around him, but missed his touch and fell to ground himself. Still, Argentina are almost there. Not much Tite or Scaloni can do at this point and it’s all on whether the players can find a way through…or keep up the blockade, depending on your point of view.

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:47
1625967890

Saved by Martinez! A free-kick lands at the left boot of Barbosa and he fizzes his half-volley toward goal – decent tip over from the Argentina goalkeeper.

Two more attempted crosses are cleared and then Messi leads a counter; De Paul plays a scintillating return pass into his captain’s path…and Messi stumbles to the ground with the goal at his mercy. What a chance to finish it.

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:44
1625967737

Worth noting we will have extra time if Brazil find an equaliser – unlike earlier in the tournament where the games went straight to penalties if drawn. So far though, Argentina are doing everything they need to, to keep their rivals at bay. Marquinhos was apparently booked in that earlier skirmish we mentioned, for a rather needless barge.

Into the final few minutes we go!

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:42
1625967558

Great challenge! Gabriel Barbosa is played in down the left channel and has a shooting chance – Pezzella, just on as sub, comes sliding across to make a fantastic block. From the resulting corner, Danilo sends one about 20 yards over the bar.

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:39
1625967490

Here we go, the other kind of kick-off time. Otamendi with a foul on Neymar, he’s booked, Vini Jr then clashes with him and Otamendi goes to ground. About eight players crowd around him including Marquinhos, who sprints 30 yards to get involved in some pointless shoving. Brazil need to keep their heads if they are to fashion a way through.

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:38
1625967362

Gabi goes down in the box but the referee says no foul and looks like Rodriguez has just got away with it. The Brazil striker and Otamendi quickly clash and have a few words, but on we go. Brazil with ten plus stoppage time to sort out their final third productivity.

Triple change for Argentina: Romero off and Pezzella on. Lautaro replaced by Palacios and Di Maria replaced by Nico Gonzalez.

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:36
1625967143

Firmino attempts a through-pass, then Vini Jr tries to dribble down the left. Both breaks are foiled by Argentina’s massed ranks – Tite has had enough and here’s a double change.

Emerson on for Lodi and Gabriel Barbosa on for Pacqueta.

Karl Matchett11 July 2021 02:32


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