Despite scoring yet another stunning free-kick, Argentina and Lionel Messi’s opening game at the Copa America in Brazil didn’t quite go as planned.
The Argentines took the lead through Messi in the first-half, but soon into the second, they conceded an equaliser and had to settle for a draw.
Messi was also given a bit of trouble by opposition defender Guillermo Marippan, who gave the Barcelona star a taste of his own medicine last night.
As Messi tried to break into the Chilean box with the ball down the right side, he was first tackled by Marippan, before the defender used a skill so often used by the Barcelona star to embarrass his opponents.
In a quick move down the left corner, his fast touches helped beat a chasing Messi, and even though the move led to nothing as the pass immediately after got nowhere, the No.10 probably got to know what his opponents feel like very often.
In a group of five where the top four qualify, the draw won’t affect Argentina’s chances of qualification too much, but they will hope to get back to winning ways after drawing each of their last three competitive games.
The challenge doesn’t get any easier, though, as they next face Uruguay in Brasilia.
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The Copa America was set to be held in Colombia and Argentina this year, but their hosting rights were taken away due to the political situation in the former and COVID situation in the latter and inconveniently given to Brazil, where there is both a political and COVID situation.
The group stages for the tournament will carry on until 28 June and the final will be held at the famous Maracana stadium on 10 July.
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