Another elimination for Argentina, another missed opportunity for Lionel Messi to succeed with the national team. Messi’s streak without a title with Argentina has been extended after a 2-0 loss to Brazil in the semifinals of the Copa America on Tuesday (July 2).
”We played a great match,” Messi said. ”We put in a great effort, but they were better than us.” It was from a Messi cross that Sergio Aguero hit the crossbar in the first half, and in the second the Barcelona playmaker had two chances from direct free kicks, one saved by Brazil goalkeeper Allison and another that deflected off the Brazilian wall. He also struck the post with a shot from inside the area after halftime.
Messi complained about the refereeing, saying video review should have been used to check on a couple of non-calls that could have favored the Argentines with penalty kicks.
”Every minimum contact was a foul for them,” he said. ”Hopefully CONMEBOL (the South American soccer confederation) will do something about these refereeing issues. We gave everything we had, but we had things going against us. But I don’t think they will do anything, Brazil manages everything.”
Messi’s only title with Argentina was with the under-23 squad in the 2008 Olympics.
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27 September, 2019