Lionel Messi retires from internationals after Argentina lose Copa America final to Chile

Argentina and Chile met in second consecutive Copa America final on Sunday night, 26th June and it turned out another competitive game at the Met Life Stadium. Both camps complained just before the kickoff about a very narrow pitch, regardless match went ahead and both teams took the game to each other.

Some feisty challengers early on set the tone and referee to take control of the game. Marcelo Diaz saw his second yellow in 28th minute and got sent off leaving Chile to play around 60 minutes with 10 men but Argentina missed a couple of chances before Marcus Rojo also got sent off with a straight red.

Gonzalo Higuain missed a sitter in first half after a break away move and that was one of several chances for Argentina to take the lead before both teams got 1 player sent off.

Neither team could break the deadlock as we moved to penalties and Chile went on to win 4-2 beating Argentina in the final 2nd time in as many years.

Lionel Messi had this to say after the match ;

“For me the national team is over. I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion,” said the 29-year-old Barcelona superstar in the wake of the penalty shoot-out defeat in New Jersey.

“It’s been four finals, it’s not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over.”

Messi’s announcement, just two days after his 29th birthday, comes after Argentina suffered their third loss in a major final since 2014.

The five-time FIFA Player of the Year, winner of four Champions League titles and eight Spanish La Liga crowns with Barcelona, missed from the penalty spot as Argentina lost to Chile for the second straight year, losing 4-2 in the shootout following a goalless 120 minutes.

 

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