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Messi Takes Centre-Stage in Argentina Copa America Failure

Brazil forwards Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino both scored as they beat arch-rivals Argentina 2-0 in the Copa America semi-final.

Jesus opened the scoring after 19 minutes when he side footed in a low cross from Firmino.

Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi both struck the woodwork for Argentina, who have not beaten Brazil in a major competitive fixture since 2005.

A Firmino tap-in secured the win to set up a final against Peru or Chile.

Brazil’s win came at the same Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte where they were thumped 7-1 by Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals.

Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won 29 trophies with Barcelona, has yet to win a major title with Argentina with his only success being a 2008 Olympics gold medal.

His next chance to change that will be when Argentina co-host the 2020 Copa America, with Colombia.

“Something new is on the horizon,” said the 32-year-old, who quit international football after his country’s defeat by Chile in the 2016 Copa America before returning for the 2018 World Cup.

“I hope we are respected and not criticised. They should let the team be and let them grow.

“The truth is I have got on very well with this group of players and if I have to help in some way I will. This is a great group which is growing and if I can join them I will.”

(Source: BBC)

16 Comments

  1. critical

    TO BAD

  2. Mulenga Sylvester

    Comment it was a tyt game and Brazil cameout to be a better side,after utilising those two chances and scored.All i can say is that they can only be one winner and mess is one of the greatest players in the world.As a team they deserve to be appreciated.And cogrates to samba Boys..

    • Tannyson

      That is the point. The boys deserve appreciation
      Brazil was luck

  3. Kays Mayo

    Too Bad ba messi

  4. E M

    no wonder Ronaldo is the best is the G.O.A.T not messi is the best only in barcelona

  5. Reagan

    You see if that match was for Portugal Ronaldo could scored 2 goals, now look at your player
    Messi messi he’s crying mmmmmmmm team Ronaldo

  6. Andrew phiri

    Ati ba messi ba bwabwa Ronaldo the G.O.A.T

  7. LEE MUCHENGA

    The chap is only good at club level kuwayawayafwe.

    • What r u saying?

      What a shallow assessment of Messi.

  8. Mac-B

    It’s not a one man’s show better still mess is good.let us not criticise but appreciate.

  9. Gideon Mumba

    The problem is that he always forgets to go with his Wi-Fi connection too bad for Barça son

  10. Mateo

    Mess the DOG…..RONALDO THE G.O.A.T

  11. Hiskia

    Stop criticizing Messi,, was he the only one playing, football is a game which is played by 11 players gathering help from each other,, he is also human not a robots.. Plz give him rest

  12. chapsy

    the guy just performs ku Barca not his national team I don’t know where he can play well unlike pa Barcelona

  13. Spears

    Y a 1 man team portugal win trophies wtht Ronaldo unlike argentina they cant do it wtht messi cause its a messi team period

  14. Adam Robin

    CR7 IS THE G.O.A.T

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