A 1-0 win in La Albiceleste, like Argentina, is known to be Brazil's main rival in their home country, and thanks to the influence of Angel Di Maria in the first half of the Copa America final should take 15 South American titles, equal with Uruguay as the most successful team in the continental tournament.
The relief under the Argentine players could have felt as if they had walked out to Lionel Messi, who is already on his knees, with tears in his eyes,on Saturday night at the Rio Maracana stadium.
A 1-0 win in La Albiceleste, like Argentina, is known to be Brazil's main rival in their home country, and thanks to the strike of Angel Di Maria in the first half of the Copa America final should take 15 South American titles, equal with Uruguay as the most successful team in the continental tournament. In particular, the Argentine won his first major international title in Argentina, after losing four finals, since he started playing for the national team, about 15 years ago.
Lionel Messi won a gold medal with the national team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Men's soccer is at the Olympics, but it is, in fact, a U-23 competition, and only three players are allowed in the team. What weighed heavily on the city of Barcelona was losing three Copa America finals in 2007, 2015 and 2016, in addition to the 2014 World Cup final defeat to Germany at the Maracana.
"(Messi) he said 'thank you' and I said 'thank you' to him. He told me that this would be my last one, " Di Maria was quoted emotionally as saying by the Associated Press. Di Maria, Messi's teammate in the Olympic triumph, was substituted in the final match of the 2014 World Cup due to injury at the start of the Copa America final in 2015, after he was knocked out.
Messi said 'thank you' and I said 'thank you' to him. He told me that this would be my last one, " Di Maria was quoted emotionally as saying by the Associated Press. Di Maria, Messi's teammate in the Olympic triumph, was substituted in the final match of the 2014 World Cup due to injury at the start of the Copa America final in 2015, after he was knocked out.
If Argentina is celebrated in all its glory, it's former Brazilian star Lionel Messi's Barcelona teammate Neymar who has approached his friend. They kissed for a few seconds, and then they exchanged a few more words, both Sides for comfort, Neymar and Argentina's final achievement big to finally be on the checklist level, a major international title.
And a respectful exchange of information between two friends, this was recorded on video and widely shared on social media. One of them grabbed the names. Lionel Messi in the end though, but it was a night that shouldn't have a significant impact on the game.
The closest he came to scoring was when he found himself one-on-one with the Brazilian goalkeeper in the 88th minute of box the impressive Rodrigo De Paul, from whom the serve was switched to Di Maria. This battle was won by Ederson, who was rushed, and managed to catch the ball before the ball could shoot him.
Neymar, on the other hand, had more influence in the game, especially in the second half, and he was looking for an equalizer. However, the Argentine coped with many moments of anxiety with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez flying away for several good saves, and in the right defender Gonzalo Montiele, especially stellar experience. For the rest of the game, Montiel and his right sleeve were covered in blood from an ankle injury.
Lionel Messi will also be played, and despite the injury, Argentina's head coach Lionel Scaloni was said . "If you only knew how he played in the Copa America, you want to be even happier for him," he told reporters after the final. - In this game, as well as in the last one, you can't do without a player like him."
Even though both Sides got a good night's sleep, it's hard to know how Argentina went without their mascots. Without his four goals and five assists in this tournament, the top of the league and La Albiceleste may not reach the final.
The latest triumph, and it gives your team, Scaloni, more confidence ahead of next year's World Cup. Young defenders like Christian Romero and Montiel get activated in crucial matches, eh The team's position, after all, looks well-known with the rise of the English, showing some signs of progress after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where they were knocked out in the last 16 matches, and the final of champions France trying to get through the group stage.
In Argentina, it's the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign, you don't have the inspiration for much confidence in six matches, they had a narrow win over Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru, and can't beat it, Paraguay, Chile and Colombia. Also, it's Brazil to fly high to win all six games, with five clean sheets and a goal difference of +14. They should therefore be at this tournament handed to Brazil in the last minute when favourites to defend their title.
Their improvement.however, will be true if they resume their qualifying campaign in September. Scaloni's team, which did not completely dominate the games in Brazil, managed to score three 1-0 wins, including the final, and two 1-1 away draws, one of which ended with a shootout victory over Colombia in the quarterfinals.
However, Argentina managed to cross the border, and when it was necessary. That is to the extent that they will have a sequel if they want to feed the hope of winning next year's Qatar, which could be Messi's last World Cup.