After the game, an emotional Messi was hoisted into the air by his overjoyed teammates.
Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final on Sunday, winning the tournament for the first time in 28 years and giving Lionel Messi his first major international championship. Rodrigo de Paul’s long ball to ngel di Maria resulted in Argentina’s winning goal at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro in the 22nd minute. To gain control and lob it past goalkeeper Ederson, the 33-year-old veteran attacker relied on some clumsy defending from left-back Renan Lodi.
Di Maria made his Copa debut for the second time, and he proved his worth by scoring the game’s first goal midway through the first half. Argentina’s victory was especially sweet for Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who won his first trophy in a blue and white shirt after a decade of club and individual glory.
Argentina’s victory was especially sweet for Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who won his first trophy in a blue and white shirt after a decade of club and individual glory.
Argentina TV declared “Argentina Champions, Lionel Messi Champion!” after the final whistle. Argentina won the Copa America for the 15th time, tying Uruguay for the most wins in the tournament’s history. Their triumph extended their unbeaten streak to 20 games under Lionel Scaloni, and it was Brazil’s first competitive loss since losing to Belgium in the 2018 World Cup quarterfinals.
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Messi’s performance in the final was not as stunning as it had been in the tournament’s previous matches, in which he had four goals and five assists. In the 88th minute, he had a clear chance to dribble Ederson, but the Brazilian goalkeeper stopped him.
The title, on the other hand, brings some relief to the superstar after all of the questions about his ability to play for the national team during his career.
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