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Copa America 2021 Final Highlights: Argentina beat Brazil 1-0, Messi wins first senior International trophy

Copa America Final 2021, Argentina vs Brazil Football Highlights: Lionel Messi won his first major International trophy as Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in Copa America final

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: July 11, 2021 7:48:49 am
Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 to lift Copa America trophy (Source: AP)

Copa America Final 2021, Argentina vs Brazil Highlights: Lionel Messi’s Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in Saturday’s Copa America final to secure the national team’s first title in 28 years and the superstar’s first major international trophy.

Argentina’s winning goal at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro came in the 22nd minute after Rodrigo de Paul made a long pass to Angel di Maria. The 33-year-old veteran striker counted on some sloppy defending from left-back Renan Lodi to take control and lob it past goalkeeper Ederson. It was only the third goal Brazil conceded in the tournament. Neymar tried hard with dribbles and passes, but the Selecao barely threatened Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

Argentina XI: Damian Martinez, Otamendi, Acuna, Montiel, Romero, De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso, Messi, Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez

Brazil XI: Ederson, Thiago Silva, Danilo, Marquinhos, Renan Lodi, Casemiro, Fred, Everton, Lucas Paqueta, Richarlison, Neymar

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Argentina vs Brazil, Copa America Final, Highlights:

07:31 (IST)11 Jul 2021

It is history for Lionel Messi as he lifts his first senior International trophy. He does it 16 years after making his debut for Argentina. Argentina end a 28-year major title drought as they beat Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final. Argentina have defeated Brazil in the Copa América final for the first time since 1937, equalling Uruguay's record as the most successful nation in the tournament's history in the process (15 titles). And they did it at the Maracanã.

07:19 (IST)11 Jul 2021
88' Yellow card

Martinez produces a vital save to ddeny Barbosa. Neymar's cross from the right is ddeflected towards the forward. He takes on a strike on the half-volley with his left foot. It travels towards the target but Martinez pushes it over the bar.

Argentina's Gonzalo Ariel Montiel goes into the book.

07:15 (IST)11 Jul 2021
85' Chance for Brazil

Brazil keep the pressure on as he move into the final minutes of the match, win a corner down the right flank. Neymar swings a cross into the box but Thiago Silva sends the header over the bar.

07:12 (IST)11 Jul 2021

Pezella gets across just in time to ddivert a strike from Barbosa just wide of the target after the forward is set up by Vinicius.

07:11 (IST)11 Jul 2021
82' Yellow cards

Otamendi wipes out Neymar on a run through the Argentina defence. He tumbles to the deck to send Otamendi into the book.

Marquinhos reacts to the challenge by shoving Otamendid to the deck. He is booked by the referee.

07:09 (IST)11 Jul 2021
79' Substitutions

Brazil: Emerson and Gabriel Barbosa come in for Renan Lodi and Lucas Paqueta

Argentina: German Pezzella, Exequiel Paacios and Nicolas Gonzales come in for Cristian Romero, goal-scorer Angel Di Maria and Lautaro Martinez respectively.

07:04 (IST)11 Jul 2021
72' WIDE

Neymar threads the needle and finds Paqueta in the Argentina box. He wraps his left foot around the ball but an under-pressure Neymar sends it wide of the target.

07:02 (IST)11 Jul 2021
71' Yellow cards

Match gets intense as we move into the final 20 minutes of the final with Argentina having the lead. First, De Paul brings ddown Neymar and goes into the book. Then Brazil's Renan Lodi and Lucas Paqueta gos into the book for challenges.

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06:59 (IST)11 Jul 2021

Messi spurns a good opening in the final third as his strike is blocked. The forward capitalises on a mistake from Marquinhos and races through into the Brazil box along with Di Maria. Messi, however,  doesn't pass to his teammate and goes for the shoot himself and sees his effort blocked as he goes down.

06:55 (IST)11 Jul 2021
62' Substitutions

Argentina: Nicolas Tagliafico comes in for yellow-carded Givani Lo Celso

Brazil: Vinicius Junior comes in place of Everton

06:52 (IST)11 Jul 2021
55' Substitution: Argentina

Guidod Rordiguez comes in for Leandro Paredes before Martinez makes a great save and Richarlison is denied again. Neymar plays the forward into right but it is a first poor touch. He hammers an effort towards goal with his second. Martinez holds firm to make the save.

06:48 (IST)11 Jul 2021

DISALLOWED GOAL! Richarlison fires the ball into the net from close range but the flag goes up for offsidde. Richarlison turns home the rebound after Otamendi blocks the cross. Brazil celebrate before finding out the goal has been disallowed for being offside. 

06:41 (IST)11 Jul 2021
51' Yellow card: Argentina

Argentina's Lo Celso gets a warning for bringing down Neymar, who was on the charge after Messi darts into the area and slides it to Di Maria, whose shot is blocked. 

06:36 (IST)11 Jul 2021
Second half, substitution

We're back underway at the Maracana. Roberto Firmino comes in for Fred, who picked up a yellow right at the start of the match, in Brazil's first change of the final as the second half kickstarts. 

06:25 (IST)11 Jul 2021

Ángel Di María's goal separates the sides at the Maracana. Brazil have been quiet towards the end of the first half and will need to find their form to retain their title and deny Argentina their first major final win since 1993.

06:17 (IST)11 Jul 2021
42' SAVE

Everton turns inside from the left flank andd finds half-a-yard for a strike. Howevevr, Argentinian defenders cover well to take the pace off his shot and allow Martinez to make an easy claim.

06:10 (IST)11 Jul 2021
34' Yellow card: Argentina

Leandro Paredes brings down Neymar on the charge and goes into the book.  Brazil have a dangerous free-kick 25 yards from goal but Neymar hammers his effort straight into the Argentina wall.

06:06 (IST)11 Jul 2021

Messi has a run at the Brazil defence and weaves his way past Marquinhos on the edge of the box. He goes for a low strike towards the bottom-left corner that travels just wide of the post.

06:04 (IST)11 Jul 2021

Argentina move the ball from right to left and dback with precision. Di Maria runs at the Brazil defence as he cuts in from the right flank. He hammers a left-footed strike towards goal but his effort is blocked by Thiago Silva and the rebounds runs away from Martinez before Marquinhos clears.

06:01 (IST)11 Jul 2021

Angel Di Maria gives Argentina 1-0 lead in the first half of Copa fifnal. Remember he was dropped several times from the team last month. He becomes the first Argentinian to score in Copa America final after César Delgado in 2004. Di Maria latches on to a ball over the top and capitalises on a mistake from Lodi before lobbing Ederson to find the back of the net. Di Maria takes a good first touch before lifting his effort over the Brazililan keeper.

The Copa America final between Argentina and Brazil will begin at 5:30 AM IST on July 11. The Copa America final between Argentina and Brazil will take place at the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

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First published on: 10-07-2021 at 10:45:28 pm