FT: BRAZIL 0-1 ARGENTINA
Argentina won the 2021 Copa America after beating bitter rivals Brazil in their most historic ground the Maracana Stadium.
The Albiceleste opened the scoring after 22 minutes when a crisp cross from Rodrigo De Paul found Angel Di Maria down the right flank.
Renan Lodi got a a clumsy touch and that allowed Di Maria to get in front of Ederson before volleying the ball over the Manchester City star to score what proved to be the winner.
Brazil thought they equalised on 53 minutes when Richarlison picked up a pass from the right and beat Emiliano Martinez thanks to some help from Cristian Romero’s deflection but the Everton star was caught offside.
The same player failed again a minute later when his powerful shot forced a brilliant save from Martinez.
But Brazil’s biggesrt chance occurred on 87 minutes when Gabriel Barbosa got the ball inside the area following a poor free-kick by Neymar and his shot was denied again by the Argentina goalkeeper.
Lionel Messi got the opportunity to put the game to bed a minute later when De Paul set him up in front of Ederson but the Barcelona legend got a heavy touch and that allowed the Manchester City shot-stopper to pick the ball up.
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