Copa America 2021 final Highlights: Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 to win first title

Copa America 2021 final, Argentina vs Brazil Highlights: Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final on Sunday.
Angel Di Maria of Argentina scores against Brazil in the Copa America Final in Rio de Janeiro.
Angel Di Maria of Argentina scores against Brazil in the Copa America Final in Rio de Janeiro.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 11, 2021 08:28 AM IST
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Copa America 2021 final highlights, Brazil vs Argentina: Argentina win the Copa America title for the first time since 1993 as they beat Brazil 1-0 in the final at the historic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Angel Di Maria scored the only goal of the match in the 22nd minute. This is Lionel Messi's first major trophy with the Argentina senior team.

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  • Jul 11, 2021 07:41 AM IST

    Messi lifts the trophy

    It is a moment that Lionel Messi will remember forever. He couldn't lift the FIFA World Cup trophy in 2014 but this is some sort of a consolation. Argentina are continental champions after 28 long years.

  • Jul 11, 2021 07:36 AM IST

    Tears of joy for Messi and his men

    It is a moment to cherish for a man who has given his all for his team. The Argentina players rush to Messi who falls on the ground and can be seen crying. Messi is lifted in the air by his teammates as La Albiceleste's wait for a major trophy ends with a fairy tale finish in the land of the arch rivals.

  • Jul 11, 2021 07:23 AM IST

    Argentina win and Messi's wait is over

    Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in final to win the Copa America title for the first time since 1993. This is Lionel Messi's first major trophy with Argentina.

  • Jul 11, 2021 07:20 AM IST

    De Paul comes close

    De Paul had a chance to seal it for Argentina but Ederson saves

  • Jul 11, 2021 07:19 AM IST

    Injury time

    Brazil trying to get the equaliser but Argentina holding on for their first major title since 1993, when they last won this tournament. They have since lost in 4 finals.

  • Jul 11, 2021 07:15 AM IST

    Messi misses a golden chance

    Messi runs down the left flank and then gets the pass inside the box. He fails to beat the keeper Ederson in a one on one situation.

  • Jul 11, 2021 07:14 AM IST

    Great save by Martinez

    Brazil come close again. The ball sits down perfectly for Gabi, who shoots, but Martinez saves.

  • Jul 11, 2021 07:12 AM IST

    Chance and corner for Brazil

    Gabi gets a chance to shoot from close range but it goes out for a corner. Neymar takes it but the Brazilians in the centre are unable to get a shot or header on target.

  • Jul 11, 2021 07:09 AM IST

    Otamendi booked for foul on Neymar

    Otamendi is booked as he fouls Neymar. There is a minor scuffle as Marquinhos pushes Otamendi to the ground in retaliation to his foul on Neymar. The Brazilian too goes in to the referee's book.

  • Jul 11, 2021 07:06 AM IST

    Di Maria substituted

    The goal scorer is off the pitch. Di Maria is taken off and Palacios comes on. Two more changes for Argentina as they look to get in fresh legs to keep their lead intact.

  • Jul 11, 2021 07:03 AM IST

    Argentina holding on

    Lot of Brazil pressure and Neymar trying to create chances but Argentina's defence is resolute as of now.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:59 AM IST

    Paqueta shoots

    71st minute and Neymar with some dribbling skills and he passes the ball inside the box. Paqueta is driven wide off the post by Tagliafico and his shot is way off target.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:54 AM IST

    Messi dances with the ball inside Brazil box

    Little over the hour mark and Lionel Messi went past a couple of defenders and it looked he will shoot but he goes down easily inside the box. Referee is not interested even as Messi looks for a penalty.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:50 AM IST

    Vinicius Jr on for Brazil

    Vinicius Junior is on the pitch in place of Everton. While Tagliafico is on for Argentina in place of Lo Celso. Earlier Paredes was taken off and Rodriguez came on for Argentina.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:44 AM IST

    Neymar goes down inside the box, but no penalty

    Firmino's introduction has given depth to Brazil's attack and Neymar got the ball inside the box but went down after a challenge. It was soft and the referee had nothing to offer to the Brazil number 10.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:43 AM IST

    Richarlison forces a save

    The hosts are all over the Argentines. Another attack and Richarlison gets a shot in but it is hit straight at Romero who saves.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:42 AM IST

    Richarlison goal ruled out due to off side

    Richarlison gets the ball in the back of the net early on but he is ruled off side. The celebrations come to sudden halt.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:41 AM IST

    Lo Celso fouls Neymar, booked

    Neymar is fouled in the middle of the pitch as Lo Celso comes flying in and it is a late tackle. The Argentine is booked and Neymar looks in pain.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:38 AM IST

    Messi gets into action

    The 50th minute and Messi runs into some space on the right. He puts it in the centre for Di Maria to have a go but his shot is blocked.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:36 AM IST

    Action Begins, Firmino on

    Brazil coach Tite has made an attacking change. He has put Roberto Firmino on the pitch in place of Fred. The hosts mean business.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:30 AM IST

    Brazil need to come back strong

    Brazilian coach Tite would want to see his players take a more direct approach in the second half. They need to attack the goal and get a few shots on target. So, far they have just not managed to create any clear cut chances. The Argentine defenders will tackle hard and the need of the hour for Brazil is to show some skill and trickery up front.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:18 AM IST

    Halftime: Argentina 1-0 Brazil

    The first half comes to an end, Di Maria's goal is the difference between the two teams. But what will be worrying for the hosts is that they haven't had a clear shot at goal so far. Neymar has been tackled hard and he hasn't got a whiff of the Argentine goal. Messi and his men on the other hand have looked sharp on the counter attack.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:17 AM IST

    Thiago Silva misses a chance from the corner

    Brazil wina corner and it is driven into the near post where Thiago Silva gets a header in but it is glanced and runs out of play.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:11 AM IST

    Di Maria rolls out injured, looks in pain

    Angel Di Maria chases a long ball on the right flank but his foot gets stuck in the ground. He rolls out and looks to be in pain as the Brazil players urge the referee to continue the action. Di Maria is back on the field after a few minutes.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:05 AM IST

    Paredes booked, Neymar wins free-kick

    End to end studd as Brazil mount an immediate attack as it has been the case, Neymar is fouled just outside the box. Paredes gets a booking and Neymar wins a freekick in a good area. But the shot was fired straight into the Argentine wall and the threat is nullified by the Blue and Whites.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:03 AM IST

    Messi shoots

    Another fast paced Argentine counter attack and Leo Messi gets a chance to shoot but it is wide off the post.

  • Jul 11, 2021 06:00 AM IST

    Di Maria shoots again

    Brazil have tried to mount a couple of attacks but it is Argentina who look sharper in attack. Di Maria shoots and the ball is blocked inside the penalty box. A lucky escape for Brazil in the 28th minute. The ball hit Thiago Silva and almost dropped for the Argentine player but Marquinhos cleared

  • Jul 11, 2021 05:53 AM IST

    Di Maria scores

    It's a shocker for the hosts as Angel Di Maria puts Argentina ahead with an impressive chip over the Brazilian goal-keeper. It was a long pass from the mid-field and Di Maria drops it over Ederson.

  • Jul 11, 2021 05:45 AM IST

    Neymar gets an early chance

    That was a good move, the ball headed down in the path of Neymar inside the box and it bounces awkwardly for Neymar who get the shot away but the Argentina defender blocks. The hosts taking charge of the final now.

  • Jul 11, 2021 05:39 AM IST

    Argentina looking to counter attack

    The template looks pretty clear as of now. Argentina looking to attack on the counter with the pace of Messi and Di Maria.

  • Jul 11, 2021 05:34 AM IST

    Fred gets booked

    Late challenge by the Manchester United player and he gets an early booking

  • Jul 11, 2021 05:33 AM IST

    Early skirmishes in mid-field

    Brazil is pressing hard but Argentina has managed to keep some possession in the mid-field. Early touch from Messi.

  • Jul 11, 2021 05:32 AM IST

    Brazil get action underway

    Brazil start the play and they are playing a high line. The Argentines are under pressure. This is a mouthwatering clash.

  • Jul 11, 2021 05:29 AM IST

    National Anthems

    The national anthems of both countries are sung vociferously by the players and the handful of fans as action begins.

  • Jul 11, 2021 05:22 AM IST

    Maracana is all set - Light, sound and spectators

    The light and sound show with fireworks and pyrotechnics has started at the Maracana Stadium ahead of the final. It is great to see some fans inside the stadium. This is a historic venue.

  • Jul 11, 2021 05:11 AM IST

    Neymar, Messi adjudged best players in Copa 2021

    “It is not possible to choose only one (best) player because this tournament has two of them,” CONMEBOL said in a statement.


    Messi dished up four goals and five assists in six matches. Neymar delivered two goals and three assists in five games.

  • Jul 11, 2021 05:02 AM IST

    'We are rivals': Neymar on equation with Messi

    Brazil forward Neymar shares a very good relationship with Messi, ever since the duo played together for Spanish club FC Barcelona. But Neymar is aware of the rivalry between Brazil and Argentina and he said that his friendship with the Argentine will take a backseat in the final as both men will look to win the trophy for their respective teams.


    “Messi is, as I’ve always said, the best player I’ve ever seen play and he’s a great friend, but now we’re in a final, we’re rivals. I want to win and I really want to win this title, which would be my first Copa America...Now Brazil is in the dispute, so our friendship is on the line. The respect between us is still great but only one can win. When you’re friends with someone, it’s hard to forget the friendship you have – but for example when you play video games with a friend, you want to beat him anyway. It’ll be the same thing on Saturday,” Neymar told reporters ahead of the final.

  • Jul 11, 2021 04:55 AM IST

    Can Messi break Argentina's Final jinx?

    Lionel Messi has looked intense throughout the Copa America campaign. He has scored goals, made goals and has expressed his emotions as he looks to win his maiden trophy with Argentina. The Albiceleste has lost 3 Copa America finals and the 2014 FIFA World Cup final while the talismanic player has been in the team. He would want to end that run of defeats in summit clashes.

  • Jul 10, 2021 10:18 PM IST

    Copa America 2021 final, Brazil vs Argentina - LIVE!

    Hello and welcome to our live blog on Copa America 2021 Live Score, Brazil vs Argentina. Argentina have lost their previous four Copa America finals - and have not won the trophy since 1993. Brazil are the defending champions and they will look to hold on to the trophy. Who will come out on top?

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