Di Maria, beginning for simply the second time within the Copa, justified his choice by scoring the opener halfway by the primary half.
Renan Lodi failed to lower out a protracted ball ahead from Rodrigo De Paul and Di Maria lobbed the stranded Ederson with aplomb.
Brazil piled on the strain in an thrilling second half however even with 5 strikers on the sphere they might not get an equalizer towards an Argentine protection protected by the excellent Rodrigo De Paul.
“First we have now to congratulate our opponents particularly for the primary half after they neutralized us,” mentioned Brazilian defender Thiago Silva.
“In the second half there was no contest – just one staff tried to play soccer, the opposite simply wasted time as we knew they might. It’s not an excuse, we did not do what we had to, principally within the first half.”
Argentina’s win was a selected triumph for Barcelona striker Messi, who picked up his first ever title in a blue-and-white shirt after greater than a decade of membership and particular person honors.
The Argentine gamers surrounded their captain on the ultimate whistle. Goalkeeper Emilian Martinez celebrated what he known as a Maracanazo, a outstanding win on the well-known Rio stadium.
“I’m speechless,” he mentioned. “I knew my dream would come true, and the place higher than the Maracanazo and giving the title to the most effective on the earth and fulfilling his dream.”
Messi completed the match’s joint high goalscorer with 4 objectives and was elected joint finest participant together with Neymar.
But he was quiet all through the sport on the Maracana stadium and uncharacteristically missed a golden alternative to wrap the sport up with two minutes remaining.
When the ultimate whistle went, Argentina TV declared “Argentina Champions, Lionel Messi Champion!”
The match itself was a disappointing one, with Argentina the higher aspect in a cagey first half that featured 21 fouls.
However, Brazil got here out extra aggressively within the second interval and because the time ticked on they threw extra individuals ahead – and at one level having 5 recognised strikers on the sphere.
Richarlison had a purpose chalked off for offside seven minutes into the second half after which compelled Emiliano Martinez into an excellent cease two minutes later.
But as Brazil poured ahead gaps, opened up and Argentina missed two clear possibilities to rating within the dying moments of the match.
The victory was Argentina’s fifteenth Copa America triumph and means they draw degree with Uruguay because the all-time main winners.
“This is a really massive title,” mentioned Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni. “I hope that Argentines can take pleasure in it. The followers love the staff unconditionally and I feel they establish with this aspect that by no means drops its guard.”
Their win prolonged their sequence of undefeated matches to 20 underneath Scaloni and handed Brazil their first aggressive defeat since they misplaced to Belgium within the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup.