LionelMessi’s long wait for an international trophy is finally over, with Argentinadefeating Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final to fill in the biggest gap ofhis fabled career.
Angel Di Maria, starting for just the secondtime in the tournament, struck the decisive goal midway through the first half,latching onto a phenomenal low long pass from the impressive Rodrigo DePaul.
After Brazil failed to clear their lines, thePSG attacker cushioned the ball with a fabulous first touch off theoutside of his left foot, before he lobbed the onrushing Ederson with a deftstrike.
When the match ended, a tearful Messi droppedto his knees and was mobbed by his Argentina team-mates before heading over tothe smattering of his country’s fans in the stadium to lead the celebrations.The 78,000-seater Maracana was operating at just 10 per cent capacity for thematch due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Victory also snaps Argentina’s 28-year waitfor a title, with their previous trophy coming in the 1993 Copa America.