A look at the facts and finest matches from the Argentina-Brazil football rivalry before of the Copa America final.


Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Brazil’s Neymar are poised to face off in what promises to be a thrilling Copa America final on Sunday.

Argentina’s goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was the hero in a penalty shootout victory over Colombia on Tuesday, setting up a dream match versus Brazil. Martinez, of Aston Villa, saved three penalties in the shoot-out following a tense 1-1 draw in Brasilia.

Hosts After beating Peru 1-0 in the first semi-final on Monday, Brazil’s star striker Neymar will face Argentina’s Lionel Messi on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro’s legendary Maracana stadium.

Brazil knocked off Argentina in the semi-finals two years ago before capturing their eighth Copa title on home soil, despite the absence of Neymar, who was injured.

After losing in three Copa finals and the 2014 World Cup final, time is running out for Messi, 34, to win his first big international title with his national side.

Here are some crucial statistics heading into the Copa America 2021 final:

Goalscorers in the Copa America 2021

Lionel MessiArgentina64
Gianluca LapadulaPeru63
Lautaro MartinezArgentina53
Andre CarrilloPeru52

Most clean sheets in Copa America 2021

PlayerCountryMatClean sheets
Emiliano MartinezArgentina53
Fernando MusleraUruguay52
David OspinaColombia62

International titles

World Cup25
Confederations Cup14
Artemio Franchi Trophy10
Copa America149
Panamerican C’ship12

Brazil vs Argentina head-to-head record

World Cup25
Confederations Cup14
Artemio Franchi Trophy10
Copa America149
Panamerican C’ship12

Brazil vs Argentina head-to-head record

TournamentMatArg winDrawBra winArg goalsBra goals
World Cup411235
Confederations Cup100114
Copa America33158105240
World Cup qualification8224915
Panamerican Championship311144
Roca Cup219395045
Superclasico de las Americas831458
Taca do Atlantico401329
Copa ZH 35th Anniversary210144
Copa Roberto Chery101033
Copa Confraternidad100102
Taca das Nacoes110030
Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup101000
Copa Centenario de la AFA101011
Copa 50imo Aniversario de Clarín100101

Argentina vs. Brazil: The Best Matches Ever
Argentina defeated Brazil 2-0 in 1937. Playoffs for the Copa America final

This is the first time the two sides have met in a Copa America title decider. Because the competition was run in a league style, there was no formal final at the time. However, because Argentina and Brazil were tied on points, a playoff was held to determine the champion.

Argentine won the final in extra time after a goalless first 90 minutes. Vicente de la Mata scored two goals in the 102nd and 112th minutes. Argentina won the Copa America for the fifth time.

1-2 for Argentina. 1974 – Brazil Second Group stage of the Fifa World Cup

During the 1974 Fifa World Cup finals, the first of four Brazil-Argentina matches took place during the second group stage. Brazil, which was placed in a difficult group with the Netherlands and East Germany, won this critical match thanks to goals from Rivelinho and Jairzinho on either side of Argentina’s goal by Brindisi. Brazil, on the other hand, came in second place in the group and had to settle for the third-place playoff, which they lost to Poland.

Brazil defeated Argentina 1-0 in the 1990 Fifa World Cup Round of 16 match.

In the 1990 Fifa World Cup final, reigning champions Argentina defeated arch-rivals Brazil 1-0 in the pre-quarterfinals. Claudio Paul Cannigia scored the game-winner in the 81st minute, after the game had been scoreless for the majority of the game.

Argentina made it all the way to the final, but were defeated by West Germany, who avenged a four-year-old setback in the final.

Argentina defeated Brazil 6-5 on penalties in the quarter-finals of the 1993 Copa America.

The marquee match took place considerably sooner in the competition than expected, with the two arch-rivals meeting in the quarter-finals. Muller gave Brazil the lead in the 37th minute, but Argentina equalized in the 69th minute through Leo Rodriguez. Both teams scored on each of the five penalties in the final, before Argentina’s Boiadeiro missed the first chance in sudden death to send Argentina through. Argentina hasn’t beaten Brazil in a major competition since 2002.

Argentina went on to win the following edition in Ecuador, but has not won the continental title since.

Argentina drew 2-2 with Brazil (2-4 on penalties) – Final of the 2004 Copa America

Most Brazil fans will remember this exciting final. Argentina took the lead in the 20th minute thanks to a penalty from Christian Gonzales, but Luisao equalized on the stroke of half-time. Cesar Delgado scored what appeared to be a winner in the 87th minute, sending the game to extra time. But, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Brazil struck back through Adriano to force extra time.

Argentina defeated Brazil 4-3 in an international friendly match in 2012.

Few Brazil-Argentina games have been goal fests, despite the high stakes. This friendly encounter in 2012 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, however, was an outlier.

In the 23rd minute, Romulo of Brazil gave the Samba Boys the lead. That lead, however, was short-lived, as Lionel Messi scored twice in three minutes to turn the game around before halftime. Oscar leveled the score in the 56th minute, but Hulk put Brazil ahead sixteen minutes later. Argentina equalized in the 76th minute when Federico Fernandez scored, but Messi had the final say in the 85th minute when he netted to complete his hat-trick.

Both teams were reduced to 10 men when Ezequiel Lavezzi of Argentina and Marcelo of Brazil were sent off in stoppage time. What a saga!

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