Argentina and Messi go for glory in the Maracana against Brazil in the final of the Copa América

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source: nytimes.com

Argentina and Messi go for glory in the Maracana against Brazil in the final of the Copa América: 

La Albiceleste wants to hit the legendary stadium in Rio de Janeiro. From 9 pm, they will collide with Verdeamarelha for the title of continental champion denied for 28 years. There will be more than 7 thousand people in the stadium.

In the mythical Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro and front of more than 7 thousand spectators invited by protocol, Argentina and Brazil will play the final of a historic Copa América. After 28 years of drought, the Albiceleste will seek to strike in Brazil against a rival who starts as a favorite for their present. The action will begin at 21, and the designated referee was the Uruguayan Esteban Ostojich. They will broadcast TV Pública, TyC Sports, and DirecTV.

The National Team dreams big with the help of its figure Lionel Messi, with a brilliant performance so far in the competition. The star who has not yet signed his contract with Barcelona faces another opportunity to achieve the much-appreciated celebration with the light blue and white jersey after multiple frustrations registered in finals over time. His only awards with the national emblem were in the 2005 U-20 World Cup and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Now he is going for his first title with the Major, which was denied him in the definitions of Copa América 2007, 2015, and 2016, plus the 2014 World Cup final against Germany, on stage today. Extras: command in the table of scorers of the contest (has 4) and, if he shouts one more time, he will catch up with Pelé and his record of 77 goals for his national team.

Of course, the homeowners will try to prevent their greatest rival in the region from celebrating in a sacred field such as the Maracana, which happened in the 1950 World Cup when Uruguay hit the ground running and started the World Cup. However, the presence of the Tite cast is unbeatable: he won the six matches played in the Qualifying round on the way to Qatar 2022, barely left points on the way against Ecuador in the group stage of this Copa América (he was already classified in the quarterfinals) and drags an undefeated of 13 games without defeats. The last fall? Against Argentina, in the friendly played in Saudi Arabia in November 2019.

Those led by Lionel Scaloni started the competition with equality (1-1) against Chile that they knew little about. But later offered more convincing performances against Uruguay and Paraguay (both 1-0) and the win (4-1) against Bolivia. In the quarterfinals, they spent some moments of anxiety against Ecuador. Still, they justified the round pass with the victory (3-0), and the duel in which they suffered the most was the later one when they failed to close the lawsuit in the regulatory 90 minutes and resorted to penalties - with the unforgettable performance of drag Martínez - to qualify for the final. Undefeated Argentina already has 19 commitments. The last fall? Against Brazil, for the semifinals of the previous Copa América.

The Albiceleste DT found several components that give consistency to his system: in addition to Martínez's security in the goal, Rodrigo De Paul became a handle in midfield, Leandro Paredes and Guido Rodríguez contribute game and balance, Giovani Lo Celso partnership with Messi and Nicolás González deployment and dynamics to accompany La Pulga and Lautaro Martínez, attack reference. The eleven is not confirmed, but some clarity symptoms appear: it is unlikely that Cristian Cuti Romero will recover from the strain in his right knee, which is why Germán Pezzella would continue behind. Tagliafico would win the arm wrestling to Acuña and Guido Rodríguez to Paredes (or will they both play and Lo Celso will come out?). In addition, Molina and Montiel bid on the right side. Meanwhile, Ángel Di María would have minutes to replace the complement and not be a starter.

The cast led by Tite gave the chair in the debut against Venezuela (3-0) and also thrashed Peru (4-0). Later, he sealed the pass to the quarterfinals agonizingly against Colombia (he turned it 2-1 on the hour) and regulated against Ecuador (1-1), in a match in which the coach preserved figures, including Neymar, from excellent level up to here. In the kill or die round, he eliminated Chile and Peru by the minimum, with tight results of 1-0 and without shining too much. However, to the explosive individualities accompanying the PSG crack (Ederson, Thiago Silva, Richarlison, Casemiro, Firmino, and Lucas Paquetá, among others), the coach added a tactical imprint on him strong and compact in all his lines.