The Argentine playmaker was disappointed with Chile 1: After 1 draw; Paraguay leads Group A after the victory over Bolivia.
Lionel Messi brilliantly took the free kick, but it was not enough to score three points for Argentina, who played 1: 2 in the game against Chile on Monday night. 1 in their Copa America draw.
Before the game at the Nilton Santos Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, fans were amazed by the touching tribute paid to Argentine football legend Diego Maradona. who died in November at the age of 60.
Messi, who turns 34 this month, said before the game that winning with his national team was “the biggest dream of a decorated career”, despite all the personal success he has had with Barcelona and the club titles.
Argentina seemed ready to start giving Messi what he wanted. Coach Lionel Scaloni wasted three clear chances in the 16th to 18th minutes, one for Lautaro Martinez and two for Nicolas Gonzalez.
And here, Messi opened the scoring in the 33rd minute after a penalty kick, which Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo could not stop, despite the left kick of the ball.
In the second half, Chile transformed into a more aggressive team; after watching the video, they scored a penalty kick.
Arturo Vidal’s shot was stopped on the spot, but Eduardo Vargas headed in an empty net, equalizing the score in the 57th minute.
“This match was difficult for us,” said the exhausted Messi after the draw. “We had to be calm, take possession of the ball, play faster. The penalty also changed the match. “
Chilean Vidal said that despite the draw, Messi’s game was a good result for his team, which is in the transition phase with the new coach Martin Lazart.
“The lion always forces you to change your formation. “Thank God we managed to secure a draw,” he said. “We are still rebuilding our strength by changing the system a little bit. It was a difficult match, we tried to keep order. “
Paraguay leads Group A at the Olimpico Stadium in Guyana 3. After a 1: 1 victory over Bolivia.
In the first half, Bolivia took the penalty kick by Erwin Saavedra, but Paraguay changed their ability after Alejandro Romero’s goals և Angel Romero’s double break.
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