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Argentina wins Copa America 1-0 over Brazil in Maracana Stadium

The stadium remains a house of horrors for Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, and Lionel Messi finally breaks his duck in major tournaments.

Lionel Messi of Argentina reacts during the final of Copa America Brazil 2021 between Brazil and Argentina at Maracana Stadium on July 10, 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

One of the longest streaks of frustration in world football has ended, as Argentina knocked off Brazil 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium. The consequences of the match couldn’t be higher, and for Lionel Messi it is finally redemption for a lifetime of international failures while in the blue and white.

In the 22nd minute, La Albiceleste’s Angel di Maria opened the account with a clinical finish on this sublime long ball from Rodrigo de Paul.

With the win, Lionel Messi has the one thing that has eluded him his entire senior career: A major trophy for Argentina. He had four goals in the tournament, and the current free agent can now add a capstone to one of the best careers in football history.

For Brazil, it’s more of the same in major tournaments at home. They lost 8-2 to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semifinal in what was no less than a national embarrassment. They also lost the 1950 World Cup Final in the same stadium 1-0 to Uruguay.

Many questions will be asked of the Neymar and the Canarinho after yet another failure in a major tournament. Despite not scoring, including a flubbed chance near extra time that should have made it 2-0, Messi had four goals in the tournament.