'Messi freekick' trends on Twitter after Argentina legend's magical goal vs Chile in Copa America
- Such was the beauty of Lionel Messi’s freekick from 25 yards, that demands for the ‘best angle’ of the Barcelona player’s goal started doing the rounds on Twitter.
‘Messi freekick’ continued to be among the top searches on Twitter and Google even hours after Argentina’s encounter with Chile in the Copa America ended in a 1-1 draw. ‘Messi goal,’ ‘Messi’ were the other trending searches dominating social media and search engines on Tuesday.
Such was the beauty of Lionel Messi’s freekick from 25 yards, that demands for the ‘best angle’ of the Barcelona player’s goal started doing the rounds on Twitter.
It happened in the 33rd minute when Argentina were awarded a freekick. Messi settled himself nicely, had a nice look at the strong 10-man wall and curled it with a left-footer that gave no chance to Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Messi’s freekick goal against Chile
Argentina continued to pressure Chile, which was missing injured striker Alexis Sanchez.
But Chile transformed into a more attacking team in the second half and earned a penalty after video review. Arturo Vidal's shot from the spot was stopped, but Eduardo Vargas nodded into the empty goal to level the scoring in the 57th.
Messi continued to create opportunities until the end of the match, but his teammates showed the same difficulty to deliver goals as they did in the 2-2 draw at Colombia in a World Cup qualifier in Barranquilla last week.
“This match got complicated to us," an exhausted Messi said after the draw. “We needed to be calm, have the control of the possession and play more quickly. The penalty changed the match, too.” The superstar also complained about the apparently irregular pitch at the stadium.
Striker González admitted he had “made too many mistakes.” “We should have been much better at the finishing. I am upset, but also happy for what we showed today,” he said.
Chile's Vidal said getting a draw despite Messi's performance was a good result for his team, which is in transition with new coach Martin Lasarte. “Leo always makes you change your formation. Thank God we managed to secure a draw,” he said. “We are still recovering our intensity, changing the system a little. It was a tough match, we tried to keep the order." Copa America was moved at late notice to Brazil after Colombia and Argentina were dropped as co-hosts. Many health experts criticized the move to a country where the COVID-19 death toll is nearing 490,000.
Argentina and Chile also drew 1-1 two weeks ago in Santiago del Estero in a World Cup qualifying game. The rivalry between the two got bigger after Chile beat Messi's team on penalties in the 2015 final of Copa America and the decider of Copa America Centenario the following year.
(With PTI inputs)