Jubilation in Argentina as Lionel Messi and teammates won their first major title in 28 years on Saturday when an Angel Di Maria goal gave them a 1-0 win over Brazil.
The result also ended Brazil’s unbeaten record at home which stretches to over 2500 days as the Samba Boys were defeated at the Maracana stadium.
Lionel Messi, who played 151 matches in the international arena with the Argentina jersey, won his first trophy with the national team jersey.
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Argentina last won a major title in 1993 when the great Gabriel Batistuta’s brace gave them a 2-1 win over Mexico in the Copa final in Ecuador.
This is equally the first time in six editions that Brazil will play a final at home without winning the title.
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.
Argentina edged a brutal and fractious affair courtesy of a sublime goal by Di Maria’s on 22 minutes.
The 33-year-old Paris Saint-Germain winger ran onto Rodrigo De Paul’s sumptuous through ball to lob Brazil goalkeeper Ederson with a first-time finish citied NDTV.
Messi could have wrapped up the win two minutes from time but slipped when clean through with only Ederson to beat. It ended; Brazil 0-1 Argentina.