Copa America Semi-Final 2019, Brazil vs Argentina Football Highlights: Brazil advanced to the final of the Copa America with a 2-0 win over old rivals Argentina in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday with a goal in each half from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino. Jesus gave Brazil the lead in 19 minutes when Firmino sent in a low cross for the unmarked striker to side-foot home from close range.
The two combined again on the counterattack after 71 minutes to make it 2-0 after great work from Jesus left Firmino with the simplest of tap-ins. Sergio Aguero hit the bar with a header in the first half for Argentina and Lionel Messi hit the post 11 minutes into the second period but the visitors had little luck in front of goal.
Copa America Semi-Final 2019, Brazil vs Argentina Football Highlights:
FULL-TIME: BRAZIL 2-0 ARGENTINA
FULL-TIME! Messi drought continues as Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 to reach the final. And after this semifinal, we can say that Brazil deserve to be in the final after a flop show by senior players of Argentina, including Messi. Jesus and Firmino goals take the hosts to the final.
Four minutes of added time at the end of the second half. It looks all but over for Argentina now
Substitution! Paulo Dybala comes on for Tagliafico as Argentina's final substitution.
Free-kick for Argentina
Messi takes the free-kick awarded to Argentina in the 78th minute. All eyes on the captain but it doesn't even breach the wall.
GOAL! BRAZIL 2-0 ARGENTINA
GOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!! Roberto Firmino doubles the lead for Brazil with a smooth finish. Gabriel Jesus breaks clear of Otamendi’s clutches before it reaches Firmino, who nets it in to make it 2-0 for Brazil in the 71st minute. Naturally, the eyes travel from a celebrating Firmino to a Messi in disbelief
Substitution! Lo Celso comes on for De Paul for Argentina.
Angel di Maria comes in for Marcos Acuna while Joao Miranda comes in for an injured Marquinhos, who seems to have gotten a hamstring injury
YELLOW! Juan Foyth is booked for a hack at Alves right after Alves and Jesus combine to showcase some skills. Brazil lose the plot as the ball gets to Coutinho
Messi is fouled as he comes away from a melee in midfield. Argentina are playing superor in this half, they have have had seven shots to Brazil’s two.
Argentina get close again
Argentina play the ball around before Martinez receives the ball in space and sends one towards goal. However, Alisson stands tall to remove the danger.
The second half is underway with Willian coming on as half-time sub in place of Everton. Boos from the unhappy fans.
Half-time | BRAZIL 1-0 ARGENTINA
And that's the whistle for half-time! Brazil come out the better team in the first half, although they get tough competition from Argentina. Gabriel Jesus’ goal is the difference between the two sides while Aguero came close to equalising. Messi is seen speaking to the official after the end of first half
Two minutes of added time will be added at the end of the exciting first half in Brazil
Argentina defend well
Argentina stand solid on their defence after Coutinho built up well, carrying the ball for around 40 yards, passes it to Alves. The men in blue and white, however, stand their guard.
The semi-final is heating up as Acuna and Alves get booked after a throw-in. The two were contesting for a throw-in. Free-kick to Brazil
Messi's shot goes over
You know its a tricky area for the opposition if one after the other defender is going down around Messi. However, his first shot at goal goes over.
Allison is okay to continue, returns to play as Brazil looks a little shaken with Argentina's advances.
CLOSE FOR ARGENTINA
Argentina were this close to getting an equaliser in the first half as Aguero hits the crossbar. Messi takes a free-kick which finds Aguero, who heads the ball to the crossbar. Meanwhile, Allison goes down
GOAL! Jesus scores to give Brazil 1-0 lead 19 minutes into the semifinal. Firmino gives a sliding pass to Jesus who nets it in! Messi looks disappointed
Argentina have finally found their groove. Leandro Paredes smashes it from 40 yards, it just goes over the bar.
Early corner for Brazil
That's an early corner for Brazil, however it is headed clear, four minutes into the semifinal. Argentina on counter-attack.
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