Angel Di Maria’s solitary goal was enough to end Argentina’s 28 years long waits for a Copa America title as they defeated Brazil 1-0 in the final on Sunday morning at the Maracana Stadium in Rio.
The Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star, netted the only goal of the game in the 22nd minute with a beautiful lobbed ball past Brazil goalkeeper, Ederson.
Di María’s goal was Argentina’s first shot on goal during the game, but what stands out is that this was the first goal for La Albiceleste in a title match since their 4-1 defeat against Brazil in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup.
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.
In all, Brazil had 13 shots to Argentina’s six and controlled possession for 60 percent of the match. It was also a big one for Lionel Messi who has been talked out retirement as he wins his first major trophy for Argentina.
And now, he finally has what he has been looking for all these years. If healthy, he is likely to give the world cup one last try as well.