Argentina capitalized off an early goal and managed to stave off Brazil’s onslaught to win the Copa América final 1-0 on Saturday.
Argentina struck in the 22nd minute when Rodrigo De Paul sent a long ball to Angel Di Maria, who finished it off by chipping it over the head of Ederson in goal. Brazil had multiple opportunities to score the equalizer, with a score by Richarlison called offsides in the 52nd minute. Minutes later, Richarlison had another chance when he sent a laser from short that Emiliano Martinez saved.
Brazil had 13 shots to Argentina’s six and controlled possession for 60 percent of the match.
The win ended a 28-year major trophy drought for Argentina, giving star forward Lionel Messi his first trophy with the senior national team. Before Saturday’s win, Argentina’s last trophy at the senior national level came in the 1993 Copa América.
This marked the first time in six occasions that Brazil failed to win the Copa América when hosting the tournament.
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