Lionel Messi has lastly performed it. After years of championship closing heartbreak with Argentina, the 34-year-old soccer legend received his first main title together with his nationwide staff after a 1-0 victory over archrival Brazil within the 2021 Copa America closing Saturday night time in Rio de Janeiro.
The Copa America triumph ended a 28-year drought for Argentina, which final received the title in 1993. It additionally marked the primary time Brazil has didn’t win a Copa America match that it has hosted.
A Twenty second-minute aim by Angel Di Maria was all that Argentina wanted in a chippy closing with 9 yellow playing cards. Midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, who was the most effective participant on the sphere, discovered Di Maria on the suitable wing with an extended via ball that beat Brazil’s excessive line. Di Maria managed it and lofted it over Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson, who got here off his line to problem.
Brazil introduced in reinforcements within the second half, nevertheless it may by no means muster a response. Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was known as into motion on two necessary performs within the second half, parrying pictures by Richarilson and Gabriel Jesus. There was additionally a penalty shout when Gabriel Jesus took a late tumble within the field, nevertheless it was a Brazil with too few concepts on the night time and it in the end by no means discovered the equalizer.
Messi had an important likelihood to place his stamp on the match with two minutes remaining, however he uncharacteristically hesitated and slipped in a 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper, permitting Ederson the possibility to scoop the ball off his ft. He will not care. He has his trophy with Argentina. One of many best gamers within the historical past of the sport won’t ever have to listen to the questions once more.
Brazil vs. Argentina closing rating
ARG: Di Maria (De Paul) – Twenty second min.
Brazil vs. Argentina updates and highlights
Ultimate: Brazil 0, Argentina 1
10:05 pm ET: Messi and Neymar shared a second earlier than the trophy ceremony.
10 pm ET: The celebrations for Lionel Messi are solely starting:
ninety fifth min: Argentina did it! Messi has lastly performed it! Argentina wins the Copa America for the primary time since 1993.
ninetieth min: 5 minutes of stoppage time. Clock’s operating out for Brazil.
88th min: Messi was 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper and he blew it! He misplaced his footing and Ederson took benefit and snagged the ball.
87th min: What a save by Argentina’s Emiliano Martinez. Nice coordination by Gabigol who volleyed on aim. “Dibu” stopped it.
83rd min: Brazil’s Danilo with a shot that is method excessive after a nook kick did not work out for Brazil. The sense of desperation is rising.
79th min: Three subs for Argentina: Pezzella in for fellow middle again Romero, who appears to be injured. Exequiel Palacios in for Angel Di Maria and Nico Gonzalez for Lautaro Martinez. Argentina took out its greatest forwards. It is about defending the lead with 10 minutes left.
78th min: Gabigol (Gabriel Jesus) goes down within the field, however referee says no penalty. Argentina’s Guido Rodriguez was slightly too informal in his personal field and did not see Gabigol coming. Not sufficient for a PK.
76th min: Two subs for Brazil. Paqueta in reality comes out and Gabriel Jesus “Gabigol” is in. Emerson can be in for Brazil left again Renan Lodi, who was sitting on a yellow.
72nd min: Brazil’s Paqueta proceeds to select up a yellow. He is perhaps popping out after what’s been a poor recreation.
71st min: Ball filters into the Argentina field for Lucas Paqueta, however Argentina’s Tagliafico cuts throughout to defend him expertly. The place’s Firmino at?
seventieth min: Brazil’s Hernan Lodi is the newest participant with a yellow. He took down De Paul close to midfield. Brazil have no concepts. Trying good for Argentina.
67th min: One other Argentina midfielder picks up a yellow for a foul on Neymar – this time it is Rodrigo De Paul, who’s having himself a recreation.
62nd min: After a harmful set piece by Argentina, subs are coming in. Argentina left again Nicolas Tagliafico is available in for midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, who was sitting on a yellow (Acuna will transfer as much as midfield). And Brazilian ahead Vinicius Jr. additionally subs in for Everton, who was invisible.
56th min: Neymar goes down within the field (method too straightforward) and Argentina’s Montiel let’s him have it. The 2 are jawing. No penalty.
54th min: Richarlison is open on the suitable aspect once more and he will get a shot off that Argentina GK Emiliano Martinez parries away on the close to put up.
54th min: SUB – Leandro Paredes, carrying a yellow, is popping out. Guido Rodriguez, who began the Copa America semifinal, is within the recreation.
52nd min: Richarlison scores, however he is simply offside. Nonetheless 1-0 Argentina.
51st min: Argentina’s Lo Celso will get a yellow for an unpleasant foul on Neymar. Now it is each Lo Celso and Paredes within the referee’s ebook. It was simply Fred with a yellow for Brazil, however he is out of the sport.
forty sixth min: Second half is underway. Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino is within the recreation for Brazilian midfielder Fred. That leaves Casemiro alone at holding mid to guard the again line.
Halftime: Brazil 0, Argentina 1
Halftime: That is it for the primary 45. Argentina will really feel nice about the best way issues are shaping up. The Albiceleste have the lead and Brazil hasn’t precipitated them many points within the again. Brazil coach Tite goes to should make some subs. The house staff wants a spark.
forty third min: Argentina proper again Montiel has to clear the ball away for a nook, first of the match. Neymar’s nook kick was headed and bounced close to the penalty spot, however nobody may direct it on aim.
thirty seventh min: Objective scorer Di Maria is injured on the sidelines. Did not look good (ankle twist?), however after some therapy he is again on and attempting to shake it off.
thirty third min: Now it is Argentina’s Leandro Paredes with a yellow for a foul on Neymar, who was operating at aim. Free kick for Brazil in vary, however Neymar sends it off the wall.
thirty second min: Not a lot has occurred for the reason that aim. However Lionel Messi simply made a deal with that reveals you simply how unhealthy he needs this trophy.
Twenty second min: GOAL! Argentina takes the lead. Rodrigo De Paul lengthy ball to Angel Di Maria who beats Brazil left again Renan Lodi and lofts it over the ‘keeper. Brazil is surprised.
18th min: That is how tough the tackles are: Try what occurred to Neymar’s shorts.
sixteenth min: Finest spotlight of the primary quarter-hour:
thirteenth min: First actual risk and it is Neymar practically getting a shot off, however Argentina’s Cuti Romero thwarts the possibility. The laborious challenges are flying and the complaining has begun.
eleventh min: It has been stop-start within the opening 10 minutes. Cautious opening by each groups. When Argentina assaults, they’re trying to go down the left aspect to start out.
eighth min: Messi has a “get your arms off me” vibe on this photograph together with his so-called good friend:
third min: Already a yellow card! Brazil’s Fred will get cautioned for going studs up on Gonzalo Montiel, nevertheless it must be a crimson! No method the ref will present him a crimson card within the third minute.
1st min: We’re a minute into the sport and the Uruguayan referee already has phrases for Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni! That is going to be good.
7:56 p.m. ET: Anthems are performed. Time for the sport:
7:52 p.m. ET: Here is what the group is trying like within the Maracana:
7:48 p.m. ET: With solely 10 p.c of the stadium open to followers, there must be loads of seats for everybody. It isn’t clear what the push is:
7:42 p.m. ET: Argentina’s report towards Brazil when Messi performs shouldn’t be nice:
7:41 p.m. ET: Argentina in a 4-4-2? It was rumored within the Argentine press, however the official CONMEBOL roster confirms it:
7:39 p.m. ET: Historical past does not look good for Argentina towards Brazil:
7:07 p.m. ET: Inside Brazil’s locker room earlier than pregame warmups:
6:50 p.m. ET: Lionel Messi and Argentina are in the home on the Maracana.
Brazil vs. Argentina beginning lineups
The beginning lineups are out and whereas Brazil’s beginning XI matches the projections, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni rang within the modifications — 5 new starters in comparison with the semifinal lineup:
(4-3-3, left to proper): 23-Ederson — 16-Renan Lodi, 3-Thiago Silva, 4-Marquinhos, 2-Danilo — 8-Fred, 5-Casemiro, 17-Lucas Paqueta — 7-Richarlison, 10-Neymar, 19-Everton
Out there subs: 1-Alisson Becker-GK, 12-Weverton-GK, 6-Alex Sandro, 22-Leo Ortiz, 13-Emerson, 14-Eder Militao, 15-Fabio, 25-Douglas Luiz, 11-Everton Ribeiro, 20-Roberto Firmino, 21-Gabriel Barbosa, 18-Vinicius Jr.
(4-4-2, left to proper): 23-Emiliano Martínez-GK — 8-Marcos Acuna, 19-Nicolas Otamendi, 13-Cristian Romero, 4-Gonzalo Montiel — 20-Giovani Lo Celso, 5-Leandro Paredes, 7-Rodrigo De Paul, 11-Angel Di Maria — 22-Lautaro Martínez, 10-Lionel Messi
Out there subs: 1-Franco Armani-GK, 12-Agustin Marchesin-GK, 6-German Pezzella, 3-Nicolas Tagliafico, 26-Nahuel Molina, 18-Guido Rodriguez, 14-Exequiel Palacios, 15-Nicolas Gonzalez, 21-Angel Correa, 25-Lisandro Martinez, 9-Sergio Aguero, 24-Alejandro Papu Gomez
- Date: Saturday, July 10
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
- TV channel (USA): FS1
- Spanish-language TV (USA): Univision, TUDN
- TV channel (Canada): TSN4
- Streaming (USA): fuboTV (free 7-day trial) ; Fox Sports activities app | TUDN.television for authenticated subscribers
- Streaming (Canada): TSN Direct
The 2021 Copa America closing between South American giants Brazil and Argentina will likely be broadcast within the USA in English on FS1 and in Spanish on Univision and TUDN. These networks can be found to stream on fuboTV , which is on the market on a free 7-day trial . Authenticated subscribers solely can stream the match on the Fox Sports activities app or TUDN.television
TSN4 will carry the match in Canada and it is going to be streaming on TSN Direct.