Argentina wins the “Copa America” and Messi achieves a long-awaited dream
Argentina won their first major tournament in 28 years, Saturday, when Angel Di Maria’s goal led them to a 1-0 victory over Brazil and win the Copa America for the 15th time, equaling the record.
Di Maria scored the winning goal in the first half, when he put the ball into the goal over goalkeeper Ederson, after left-back Renan Lodi failed to clear a long pass.
Di Maria participated in the starting lineup for only the second time in the Copa America, and justified his choice by scoring the opening goal in the middle of the first half.
The Brazilian team increased its pressure in the exciting second half, but even with five strikers on the field, he did not manage to score the equalizer against the Argentine defense and in front of him the wonderful De Paul.
The Argentine national team’s victory was a victory for Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who won his first title in his country’s white and cyan shirt, after a career of individual and club titles more than a decade ago.
Messi, who missed a golden opportunity to score two minutes before the end, finished the tournament joint top scorer with four goals, and shared the award for the best player of the tournament with Neymar.