Argentina created history by defeating Brazil in the final of the Copa America 2021. Argentina won the major Copa America title at the international level for the first time since 1993 beating Brazil 1-0 in the final. This is Lionel Messi’s first major trophy with his national team.
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 gives 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.
It was only the goal against Brazil in the final match. 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. Coach Tite’s Brazil team had won the last five matches of the Copa America and scored in all.
Lionel Messi will regret that he could not perform as effectively in the final as in the previous matches in the tournament. He, however, scored four goals and helped score five goals during the tournament. Messi got a great chance to score in the 88th minute. He just had to hit the Brazilian goalkeeper but Ederson stopped him.
Messi won several titles with Barcelona, but despite reaching the finals of the Copa America in 2007, 2015, and 2016, his team lost every time. Messi had tears in his eyes after the match. 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.
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.
Watch football highlights of the Copa America final match.