On Saturday, the Copa America 2021 Final match of Argentina vs Brazil ended with the Argentines winning their first major international trophy after 1993. This was also Lionel Messi’s first silverware with the national team.
Argentina vs Brazil Was Tightly Contested
In Argentina vs Brazil, a single goal was enough to decide the results. That goal came from Angel Di Maria in the game’s first half. It was enough for Lionel Scaloni’s men to conquer the tournament with an impressive record. Lionel Messi was at the forefront of the charge. The trophy validates one of the world’s greatest player’s international careers.
Brazil, on the other hand, was considered the tournament favorite. But their inaccuracy while facing the goal was evident for the tournament’s majority. The final of Argentina vs Brazil was no exception, with their attack suffering a traumatic night, where nothing went the way of the Brazilians.
The tournament-winning goal was scored by Di Maria scored in the twenty-second minute. An error in marking by Renan Lodi, the right-back for Brazil, allowed the winger a free run on the right. Rodrigo de Paul’s nicely weighted ball was chased poorly by the defender allowing it to fall perfectly for Di Maria. He then marvelously chipped it over Ederson to score the goal.
For the remainder of Argentina vs Brazil, Argentina failed to produce many great chances. But Brazil came scintillatingly close to equalizing multiple times. German Pezzella, Cristian Romero, and Nicolas Otamendi put in an inspirational defensive performance to keep the Brazilians from scoring. This was the first time Brazil did not score any goals since 2019. Argentina was the opposition back then as well.
With Argentina vs Brazil ticking down, 5 minutes of stoppage time was signaled by the referee. At the final blow of the whistle, every Argentine player’s first reaction was to surround Lionel Messi.