Argentina made a massive success, defeating the Brazilian national team last night, and winning Copa America. The final result was 1-0 for the Gauchos, who proved that they are the best team in South America.
This title ends the 28-year drought, which was the last major trophy coming to Argentina after 1993 Copa America. In the meantime, the two-time world champions managed to clinch two Olympic gold medals, but apart from that, there weren’t any noticeable successes in the senior international competitions. Up until tonight.
“This is a very big title,” Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni said. “I hope that Argentines can enjoy it. The fans love the team unconditionally, and I think they identify with this side that never drops its guard.”
PSG’s forward, Angel Di Maria, was the only scorer of the match, with him using a perfect assist from Rodrigo De Paul in the 22nd minute of the game.
Di Maria’s hit ended Lionel Messi’s negative streak that threatened to leave one of the best players of all time without an international trophy with his national team. Messi was by far the best player on this tournament, having four goals scored and five assists, enduring unreal beating throughout the entire campaign.
His socks were all bloody after the semifinals match against Colombia, and all six yellow cards the Cafeteros made were on him. That was the story of the entire Copa America, and the No.10 forward fully deserved the Best Player award. Apart from that, Messi was the top goalscorer with four hits, having five assists as well. Without any doubt, he marked this edition of the South American championship, even though all the media created hype around Neymar and Brazil.
Selecao’s No.10 was crushed following the event, crying and grieving for the missed chance to win back-to-back Copa America titles. On top of that, his Selecao lost at home against the fiercest possible rival.
Brazil hosted this edition of the tournament, instead of Colombia and Argentina, who were supposed to be the co-organizers. However, the COVID-19 situation created chaos in these two countries, and Brazil stepped in and replaced them.
Selecao immediately became the top candidate for the title. Not only did they have the home-court advan
https://twitter.com/TheFootballCon7/status/1414098056207872000tage, but also a much easier group, and solid help from the referees throughout the competition. Their rivals have been heavily damaged on several occasions, but that wasn’t the case in the finals.
Though, Brazil had its scoring chances tonight. Richarlison scored a goal in the 53rd minute, but while doing so, Everton’s player was offside. Just one minute later, he was in another superb opportunity to net, only this time, Argentina’s goalkeeper Martinez denied his shot. Aston Villa’s goalie got the Golden Glove award, being the best on his position of all the participants.
For Argentina, this presents a significant boost before next year’s World Cup. That will probably be Messi’s last major competition in the national team and several other of his teammates. It would be the ultimate opportunity for attacking the world title.
As for Brazil, they now need to get back on their feet after this historic defeat. Losing at Maracana is a specifically painful blow, arguably the biggest one after the 1950 finals vs. Uruguay and the 2018 semis against Germany.
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