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Lionel Messi and Argentina Beat Brazil in Copa América Final

Lionel Messi and Argentina Beat Brazil in Copa América Final

Argentina, BRAZIL, COPA AMERICA, FIFA, Football, Sports
Lionel Messi finally ticked the last empty box in his glittering soccer career on Saturday night, leading Argentina past host Brazil, 1-0, in the final of the Copa América in Rio de Janeiro. Messi, 34, dropped to the ground in joy at the full-time whistle and was swiftly mobbed by his team-mates, before being hurled in the air in celebration, as he finally claimed top-level honours with his country in his 10th major tournament. Lionel Messi Copa America 2021 Final (Image: Twitter) He also helped end Argentina's 28-year spell since they last won the competition and was named player of the tournament after his four goals in the competition. Angel di Maria proved the matchwinner with his superb lob, after taking down Rodrigo de Paul's lofted pass. Messi had a chance to sig...
Messi, Neymar to battle in dream Copa final for first title

Messi, Neymar to battle in dream Copa final for first title

Argentina, BRAZIL, COPA AMERICA, FIFA, Football, Sports
RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil goalkeeper Ederson makes a save during a training session at the Granja Comary training centre in Teresopolis on Thursday. — AFP RIO DE JANEIRO: Former Barcelona team-mates Lionel Messi and Neymar will line up opposite each other in Saturday’s Copa America final looking to end a hoodoo that has also affected some of their countries’ greatest players. Like Brazil’s Pele and Diego Maradona of Argentina before them, neither Messi nor Neymar has ever won the Copa. That statistic will change for one of them in the dream final at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium. For six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, this will be his fourth Copa final and perhaps his last chance to finish on the winning side. He’s been his team’s standout performer, as ever, scorin...
Copa America: Colombia seal third place in thrilling match

Copa America: Colombia seal third place in thrilling match

COLOMBIA, COPA AMERICA, FIFA, Football, Peru, Sports
It’s almost time for the Copa America final, with South American giants Brazil and Argentina facing off for the crown. Before then, there was one slightly smaller match between Colombia and Peru to decide the winners of the bronze medals. Here is how things played out. Colombia 3-2 Peru Colombia were perhaps a little bit unlucky not to reach the final, having taken Argentina to a penalty shootout in the semi-finals. Peru were also not far off the final, losing 1-0 to Brazil in the previous round. It was all set up for an exciting 90 minutes. Peru had the better of the first half, and were rewarded just before the break with the opening goal. Christian Cueva slipped a ball through for Yoshimar Yotun, and the captain finished to put his side in front. But this lead wa...
Argentina 3-0 Ecuador: Lionel Messi scores one and sets up two as Argentina reach Copa America semi-finals

Argentina 3-0 Ecuador: Lionel Messi scores one and sets up two as Argentina reach Copa America semi-finals

Argentina, COPA AMERICA, FIFA, FOOD, Sports
Argentina will face Colombia in the Copa America semi-finals on Tuesday; Lionel Messi scores his 76th goal for Argentina, taking him to within one goal of Pele's South American record Lionel Messi helped fire Argentina into the Copa America semi-finals Lionel Messi scored a free-kick and served up two assists as Argentina beat Ecuador 3-0 on Saturday to set themselves up for a Copa America semi-final against Colombia. Messi missed a golden chance in the first half, but set up Rodrigo De Paul five minutes before half-time and then did the same for Lautaro Martinez five minutes from the end to give Argentina a deserved victory. The Barcelona player then got his second free-kick of the tournament in stoppage time to round out a scoreline that was more convincing than the performa...
Neymar ‘wants Argentina’ as Brazil book Copa America final spot

Neymar ‘wants Argentina’ as Brazil book Copa America final spot

Argentina, BRAZIL, COPA AMERICA, Football, GAMES, Sports
Lucas Paqueta (L) celebrates with team-mates Neymar Jr (C) and Richarlison after scoring for Brazil against Peru Brazil forward Neymar said he hopes Argentina will be their opponents in the Copa America final and has no doubts that the hosts would come out on top against their fierce rivals. Brazil beat Peru 1-0 in last night's semi-final in Rio de Janeiro thanks to a 35th-minute goal from Lucas Paqueta - his second in two games - to book their spot in Saturday's decider at the Maracana stadium. The second semi-final between Argentina and Colombia is on Tuesday. "I want Argentina, I am cheering them on," Neymar said with a smile. "I have friends there and in the final Brazil will win." The last time the two sides met in a Copa America final was in 2007, when Brazil won 3-0 ...
Lionel Messi’s Argentina heavy favorite vs Ecuador in Copa quarters

Lionel Messi’s Argentina heavy favorite vs Ecuador in Copa quarters

Argentina, COPA AMERICA, Ecuador, FIFA, Football, Sports
Ecuador has yet to win a match after three draws and a loss, but Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has “maximum respect” for the team coached by his countryman Gustavo Alfaro Argentina has Lionel Messi, history and form going for it heading into its Copa America quarterfinal against Ecuador on July 3. Ecuador has yet to win a match after three draws and a loss, but Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has “maximum respect” for the team coached by his countryman Gustavo Alfaro. “Ecuador is a dynamic, quick team, which could it make it hard for anyone. They have interesting players,” Scaloni said. Argentina topped its group with three wins and one draw, and Messi in great shape. The captain scored three goals in the four games while setting a record for most Argentina caps. Messi,...
Brazil Puts Four Past Peru In Copa America

Brazil Puts Four Past Peru In Copa America

BRAZIL, COPA AMERICA, FIFA, Football, Peru, Sports
Neymar surpassed Ronaldo on the country’s all-time goals list after Brazil beat Peru 4-0 in their Copa America Group B encounter at the Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos in Brazil. Brazil coach Tite rotated the lineup, giving starts to Ederson, Alex Sandro, Thiago Silva, Everton and Gabriel Barbosa. The hosts took the lead after 12 minutes when Alex Sandro volleyed home a cut back from Gabriel Jesus. With Fabinho a commanding presence in midfield and Neymar always dangerous going forward, Brazil took more control as the game went on and Neymar got a second midway through the second half. Neymar’s marker gave him too much space the Brazilian fired a low shot past a Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese from just outside the box. It was Neymar’s fourth goal in Brazil’s last four matc...
Copa America: Argentina held by Chile despite Messi’s brilliance

Copa America: Argentina held by Chile despite Messi’s brilliance

Argentina, Chile, COPA AMERICA, FIFA, Football, SOUTH AMERICA, Sports
Argentinian playmaker frustrated after 1-1 draw with Chile; Paraguay go top of group A following victory over Bolivia. Messi, who turns 34 this month, said ahead of opening game that winning with his national team is 'the biggest dream' of his decorated career [Ricardo Moraes/Reuters] Lionel Messi scored a brilliant free-kick but that was not enough to earn three points for Argentina who were held 1-1 by Chile in their Copa America opener on Monday evening. Before the game at Rio de Janeiro’s Nilton Santos Stadium started, fans were stunned by a touching tribute to Argentina football legend Diego Maradona, who died in November aged 60.Messi, who turns 34 this month, said ahead of the game that winning with his national team is “the biggest dream” of his decorated career, despite ...
Brazil Opens Copa America With 3-0 Win Against Venezuela

Brazil Opens Copa America With 3-0 Win Against Venezuela

BRAZIL, COPA AMERICA, FIFA, Football, SOUTH AMERICA, Sports, VENEZUELA
Brazil players celebrate 3-0 victory against Venezuela in Copa America opener Brazil opened the 2021 Copa America with a 3-0 win against Venezuela on Sunday, dominating their inexperienced opponents from start to finish in a one-sided match. The Copa America was moved to Brazil with just two weeks notice after co-hosts Colombia were removed due to a wave of civil unrest, and Argentina pulled out because of a COVID-19 surge there. Brazilian defender Marquinhos scored the opening goal midway through the first half when he was fortunate to see his backheel squeeze through a defender’s legs and into the net. Brazilian defender Marquinhos (4) celebrates goal against Venezuela The hosts continued to press and were rewarded in the 64th minute of the second half after a penalty was...
Argentina suspended as hosts of Copa America

Argentina suspended as hosts of Copa America

COPA AMERICA, Football, SOUTH AMERICA, Sports
Argentina's hosting of the Copa America football tournament has been suspended "in view of the current circumstances," organisers said, as the country endures a record coronavirus surge. The South American football body CONMEBOL, which last week stripped Colombia of co-hosting duties over deadly unrest, said it was considering other offers to hold the tournament. "CONMEBOL informs that in view of the current circumstances it has decided to suspend the organisation of the Copa America in Argentina," the governing body tweeted. "CONMEBOL is evaluating the offer of other countries that showed interest in hosting the continental tournament." An Argentine poll published on Friday found that most respondents were against holding the tournament as the country experiences its wors...