Di Maria offers title to Argentina and Messi

Argentina disposed of Brazil this Saturday, at the Maracana (Rio de Janeiro), in the Copa America final, and won their first title since 1993.

The victory and the title for Argentina. Thanks to a goal signed Angel Di Maria, a silky lob in the first period, the Albiceleste disposed of Brazil – title holder – Saturday, in the final of the Copa America (1-0). And this, in Rio, at the Maracana. This meeting has not reached peaks in terms of play, but Lionel Messi will probably not care: it is the first title of the “Pulga” with his national team. And the first trophy of the Argentina team since … 1993. The first also since the death of Diego Maradona, in November 2020. After having faced Chile (1-1), Uruguay (1-0) , Paraguay (1-0) and Bolivia in pools, Messi and company successively dismissed Ecuador (3-0) in quarters and Colombia (1-1 ap, 4-3 tab), in half.

Although involuntary, the yellow card received by Fred from the second minute set the tone for this shock, to say the least, hooked. More than mistakes than scoring chances, neither on one side nor the other, even if Brazil dominated the debates with a good Neymar, who saw himself ahead of Otamendi (13th). Yet it was Argentina who opened the scoring, Di Maria took advantage of an error by Lodi to deceive Ederson with a clever little lob, after a deep service signed by De Paul (0-1, 21st). Which De Paul will have been in the oven and in the mill this Saturday. Groggy, the Brazilians were scared with Di Maria again, and Marquinhos who came to save the Auriverde house in front of Martinez (29th), and Messi, who could not find the frame (33rd). Paredes, he found Neymar. No mercy between Parisians and yellow for the Argentine medium (34th). Small fear for Di Maria, hit in the ankle (37th). Simple alert, “Fideo” quickly making a comeback. Finally, we stayed there after 45 minutes (0-1 MT).

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Argentina bends, but doesn’t break

Change from the start on the Brazilian side, with Fred replaced by Firmino. This gave Brazil a boost, with Richarlison stumbling over Martinez (54th) just after being denied a goal for an offside position (52nd). This highlight was not rewarded as the two coaches drummed on their bench. A few situations here and there, but no real opportunity to break or equalize in this final. And time went by, obviously doing Argentina’s business. It was even more tense, with for example this (very) rough tackle from Otamendi on Neymar. Vinicius, he launched “Gabigol”, countered by Pezzella (83rd). Argentina folded, made mistakes, but didn’t break. And Martinez turned into a wall in front of “Gabigol” (87th) while Messi missed the match point, alone against Ederson (88th). Incredible failure of the six-fold Golden Ball… De Paul then collided with Ederson in stoppage time, while Brazil could not do so against the arched Argentines (0-1 final score).

Both will now go back to their respective clubs, probably after a handful of days off. We think in particular of the many Parisians affected by this final, Neymar, Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria and Leo Paredes, but also in the middle of OL, Lucas Paqueta. In tears after this long-awaited coronation in the selection, Lionel Messi, he will be able to seriously consider his future. As of this writing, the 34-year-old superstar does not have a club. Back to Barça in sight? In the meantime, Argentina is resuming its distance from Uruguay by winning this 15th continental coronation. Brazil has nine. The next Copa America will take place in 2024, in Ecuador. By then, we will have played the 2022 World Cup.

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