11 July 2021 By Omolagba Oluwayemi
Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in Saturday’s Copa America final to secure the national team’s first title in 28 years.
Argentina’s winning goal at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro came in the 22nd minute after Rodrigo de Paul made a long pass to Angel di Maria.
The 33-year-old veteran striker counted on some sloppy defending from left-back Renan Lodi to take control and lob it past goalkeeper Ederson as Brazil conceded their third goal of the tournament.
Brazil then dominates proceedings piling pressures on Argentina for the leveller in an exciting second half but even with five strikers on the field the side could not get an equaliser against an Argentine defence protected by the outstanding Rodrigo De Paul as the Argentine held on to lift the Copa America for the first time since 1993.
Argentina’s win extended its unbeaten streak to 20 matches under Lionel Scaloni and handed Brazil its first competitive defeat since it lost to Belgium in the quarterfinal of the 2018 World Cup.
It’s been long over due for the Albiceleste having lost four major finals since 2007, three of which are Copa America finals.
The victory was Argentina’s 15th Copa America triumph and means it now draws level with Uruguay as the all-time leading winners.