Copa America: Lionel Messi's Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in final

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Lionel Messi’s long wait for an international title is finally over, as Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final to fill the biggest gap of his legendary career.

Angel Di Maria, who started only for the second time in the tournament, scored the decisive goal midway through the first half, tapping into a superb long pass from the superb Rodrigo de Paul.

After Brazil failed to clear their lines, the Paris Saint-Germain forward smoothed the ball with a superb first touch from the outside of his left foot, before a dashing Ederson fired home with a deft shot.

When the match ended, Messi fell crying to his knees and was attacked by his Argentina teammates before heading to his country’s fans on the field to lead the celebrations. The 78,000-seat Maracana was running at just 10 per cent capacity for the match due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The victory also ends with Argentina’s 28-year wait for a title, with their previous title coming up in the 1993 Copa America.

Lionel Messi lifts the Copa America high with his Argentine teammates after beating Brazil 1-0 in the final

Lionel Messi lifts the Copa America high with his Argentine teammates after beating Brazil 1-0 in the final

Messi leads the celebrations after Argentina's historic Copa America win over Brazil at the Maracanã Stadium

Messi leads the celebrations after Argentina’s historic Copa America win over Brazil at the Maracanã Stadium

When the final whistle blew, Messi fell to tears as he finally received an international honor in his name.

When the final whistle blew, Messi fell to tears as he finally received an international honor in his name.

The legendary Argentina spell was soon thrown into the air to celebrate with his ecstatic teammates

The legendary Argentina spell was soon thrown into the air to celebrate with his ecstatic teammates

Brazil built up the pressure in an exciting second half, but even with five forwards on the field, they were unable to equalize against an Argentine defense protected by the outstanding De Paul.

Messi finished the tournament’s top scorer with four goals and earned his individual honor as the tournament’s best player before laying his hands on the trophy itself.

But in truth, he was quiet throughout the final and uncharacteristically missed a golden opportunity to finish the match just two minutes earlier.

Picked up by De Paul, Messi grabbed the ball and the match at his feet in the six-yard area but appeared to lose his foot and Ederson immediately choked the hole. Fortunately for him, Brazil could not push him despite adding five minutes of time at the end.

And while Messi succumbed to defeat, the same could be said for Brazil’s Neymar, whose score at the final whistle left him in tears. He played a pivotal role in his team’s play but he struggled with an illusion to break through Argentina’s tough and stubborn defence.

With the match meticulously prepared in hindsight, Messi turned down a golden opportunity to finish the match due to a poor first touch.

With the match meticulously prepared in hindsight, Messi turned down a golden opportunity to finish the match due to a poor first touch.

Despite underperforming by his exciting standards, Messi has always been closely watched by Brazil's defense.

Despite underperforming by his exciting standards, Messi has always been closely watched by Brazil’s defense.

Angel Di Maria scored the decisive goal in the middle of the first half with a superb shot over goalkeeper Ederson.

Angel Di Maria scored the decisive goal in the middle of the first half with a superb shot over goalkeeper Ederson.

The Paris Saint-Germain star performs his trademark celebration after putting Argentina on top thanks to his brilliant finish

The Paris Saint-Germain star performs his trademark celebration after putting Argentina on top thanks to his brilliant finish

Di Maria is attacked by his Argentina teammates at the Maracana, which was operating at 10 per cent

Di Maria is attacked by his Argentina teammates at the Maracana, which was operating at 10 per cent

After a temporary first half, Brazil coach Tite tried to change the dynamic of the match by replacing defensive midfielder Fred – who was booked only in the third minute of the match – for Roberto Firmino, and he certainly gave some impetus to their play.

Richarlison thought he leveled it soon after in the second half but his effort was properly ruled out for offside.

But even though the Selecao had more ball centering, there have been few real chances since then. Gabriel Barbosa stung Amy Martinez’s palms of late, but the Argentine’s save would have been disappointed not to make.

This win was Argentina’s 15th Copa América win, meaning it is on par with Uruguay as the best-ever victor.

“I can’t cry yet,” Di Maria said after the match. ‘We dreamed of getting this and we struggled. Many people criticized us and asked us not to return (to the national team).

Their win extended Lionel Scaloni’s unbeaten streak to 20 and handed Brazil their first competitive defeat since losing to Belgium in the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals.

“This is a very big title,” Scaloni said. “I hope the Argentines can enjoy it. The fans love the team unconditionally and I think they sympathize with this side who never drops his guard.

The Brazilian national team star Neymar cried because he continued to wait to win another international title with his country

The Brazilian national team star Neymar cried because he continued to wait to win another international title with his country

Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar quickly eliminated the Copa America runner-up medal after the final whistle in the Maracana

Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar quickly eliminated the Copa America runner-up medal after the final whistle in the Maracana

Everton's Richarlison thought he equalized for Brazil on one point, but the goal was disallowed for offside.

Everton’s Richarlison thought he equalized for Brazil on one point, but the goal was disallowed for offside.

The victory also culminates in a fantastic return for Messi on the international stage. He was so upset about losing to Chile on penalties in the 2016 Copa America final, just as he did a year ago, that he retired from international football.

He changed his mind a few weeks later and helped drag a mismatched Argentina to the World Cup finals in Russia where they were once again smashed against World Cup champions France in the round of 16.

Messi failed to score in the World Cup knockout rounds for the fourth consecutive time, raising more questions about his place in the all-time greats list. But with this win, all those doubts were finally erased for good.

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