Argentina defeats Brazil in the Copa America final, giving Messi his first international trophy.

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Argentina won their first championship under Lionel Messi after defeating Brazil in the Copa America final on Saturday.

Angel Di Maria’s goal in the 22nd minute proved crucial as they triumphed 1-0 at the Maracana.

The victory ended Argentina’s 28-year quest for a major title, as well as Brazil’s more than 2,500-day undefeated home record.

“It’s a great title, especially for our people. The fans support the team unconditionally. I think they can identify with this team that never gives in,” said Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni.

It was the first time in six editions playing at home that Brazil had failed to lift the trophy.

And while 34-year-old Messi’s odyssey has come to an end, Brazil’s Neymar, five years his junior, is still without a major title at international level having missed the Selecao’s win on home soil two years ago through injury.

 


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