Rio de Janeiro: Lionel Messi’s Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 to win the Copa America football tournament. This is the first major title of Argentina’s team in 28 years. Also, this is the first major international title of superstar footballer Messi with the team.
Messi’s dream fulfilled
After the match was over, Messi had tears in his eyes. He got down on his knees and covered his face with his hands. After this most of the teammates ran towards him to celebrate and threw him in the air. During the prize distribution ceremony, Messi kissed the trophy and then raised it in the air.
MESSI’S LOVING IT
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Argentina won this big title for the first time in 28 years
Angel Di Maria scored the only goal of the match in the 22nd minute at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Rodrigo de Paul made a long pass towards Maria. The 33-year-old veteran striker, taking advantage of poor defending from left back Raina Lodi, took possession of the ball and smacked goalkeeper Ederson to give Argentina the lead, which proved decisive. Argentina thus ended the title drought that has been going on since 1993.
Neymar could not do wonders
It was only the third goal against Brazil in the tournament. Neymar tried to level Brazil with a beautiful dribble and a pass, but the hosts’ striker was barely able to trouble Argentina’s goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez.
This title is special for Messi
The title is a relief for Argentina, who won their last major title when Messi was just six years old. Saturday’s title in Rio is Argentina’s 15th Copa America title. Argentina was unbeaten in the tournament and equaled Uruguay’s record. Brazil has won this title nine times.
Let us tell you that Messi won many titles with Barcelona but despite reaching the finals of Copa America in 2007, 2015 and 2016, his team had to face defeat every time. The team now has fond memories of the Maracan स्टेडियम stadium where Argentina lost to Germany in the final of the 2014 World Cup.