Messi wins first major trophy in 28 years, Argentina as Brazil beaten in Copa America final 2021.
Lionel Messi ended his wait of Long winning drought of 28 YEARS for a first major international title win as Argentina beat Brazil in the Copa America final in Rio's Maracana stadium.
Argentina won its 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 Maracana 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.
The teams were cautious early in the match, barely offering chances. When Argentina opened the scoring in a rare Brazil defensive mistake and Di Maria’s classy finish, the match became more physical and Argentina successfully stopped the ball from getting to Neymar.
Neymar tried hard with dribbles and passes, but the Selecao barely threatened Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez in the first half. Argentina sat in the back, hoping for counter-attacks.
Argentina Path to the Copa America 2021 title.
Argentina 1 - 1 Chili -- Group stage
Argentina 1 - 0 Paraguay - Group stage.
Argentina 1 - 0 Uruguay -- Group Stage
Argentina 4 - 1 Bolivia -- Group Stage.
Argentina 3 - 0 Ecuador -- quarterfinals
Argentina 1 - 1 Colombia -- Semi-final
Argentina 1 - 0 Brazil - Final...
Lionel Messi at World Cups & at Copa America's , stats.
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