The last time Argentina won an international trophy in football was when Gabriel Batistuta scored a brace against Mexico and helped them win their fourteenth Copa America title the year was 1993. Early morning on 11th July Argentina, beat their arch-rivals Brazil with a solitary goal scored by Angel Di Maria to lift the Copa America title again after 28 years and add the first international silverware to Lionel Messi’s cabinet of trophies.
The match was being played at Rio De Janerio had a limited amount of spectators who came to cheer their team for the first time in the tournament. Angel Di Maria gave Argentina the lead in the 22nd minute when a diagonal ball from De paul ended in Di Maria’s feet with just Ederson to beat. He chipped past the Man-City goalkeeper to make sure Argentina is ahead. In the 53rd minute, Richarlison netted the rebound from Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi but was denied due to offside.
Brazil was not so ruthless in their attacks as the passes in the final third were too poor. Though Brazil came close couple of times to equalise in the match but was denied by the young Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who won the best goalkeeper award in the tournament. Brazil’s defence was solid in the whole tournament where they just conceded only twice but it looked a bit shaky in this match. Lionel Messi was awarded the Best Player and the leading goal scorer of the Tournament. Messi’s performance in the tournament also makes him a serious contender for his seventh Ballon D’Or.