Brazilian national football team have defeated Argentina in the first semi-final of Copa America 2019 to qualify for the final of competition. Two brilliant goals each from Gabriel Jesus and Firmino helped Selecao to seal Copa America final birth after 12 years. Selecao appeared in 2007 final previously where they became champions defeating Argentina 3-0.
Brazil’s victory in semi-final means Argentina will no longer be the candidate to win Copa America this year and this is another disappointing season for Lionel Messi. The dream of Messi to win international trophy for country will have to wait to get fulfilled.
Argentina and Messi will have to wait for next year when 2020 Copa America to take place. However legendary footballer said that team played good match and they fought hard to finish the game in the favor but couldn’t do so. Messi was unhappy with the officials and VAR as according him two penalties were not given in the favor of his side.
“I think we played a great match. We made a very big effort and they were no superior to us. We tried all the time, they didn’t generate us. We hit two shots on the stick, we couldn’t get the ones we had. I think there were two penalties that were not charged,” Messi said after the match.
Lionel Messi is positive about the current Argentine side and he believes that team has done amazing job in the competition. Unfortunately team failed to qualify for the final but his side will return and play better in next tournaments.
“These guys made a huge sacrifice. They deserve respect. Argentina has material to keep growing. If I have to help from somewhere, I’m going to do it. I felt really good about this group, ” Messi quoted.
Selecao will be playing either Chile or Peru in the final of 2019 Copa America that is scheduled to take place on 7th July at Maracana.