Can Argentina finally win a big international event after a 28-year wait? Can Lionel Messi, widely regarded as the best player of all time, win his first major title with Argentina?
On Sunday at 5:30 a.m. IST, Argentina will face their arch-rivals Brazil in the Copa America 2021 final. The match, often known as the Battle of the Americas, will pit former teammates and world football superstars Messi and Neymar against each other.
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Despite winning the most recent tournament in 2019, Argentina has a stronger overall record with 14 titles versus Brazil’s 9. Their previous Copa America title, though, was in 1993. Messi and his teammates have lost four Copa America finals and one World Cup final since then. Apart from a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics, the Barcelona icon has won everything at the club level, both individually and as a squad. However, he has yet to win a significant prize with his country.
PSG and Brazilian superstar Neymar have also never won one of the two major football championships. He missed the 2019 Copa America, which Brazil won, due to injury.
Argentina vs. Brazil is perhaps the most important match of the tournament. Pele, Maradona, Messi, Fernando Redondo, Gabriel Batistuta, Garrincha, Zico, Romario, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, and many others have come from these two sides. They have a long-standing rivalry that dates back over a century. They have a combined total of 7 World Cup titles and 25 Copa America titles. Both teams will be fighting for the championship.
Messi, 34, has won 10 La Liga crowns, four UEFA Champions League trophies, and six Ballon d’Or accolades in his career. Is he on the verge of claiming his first major international title?
The path to the final
Brazil won 3-0 and 4-0 over Venezuela and Peru, respectively, to start the group round. They also defeated Colombia in the third group encounter and drew Ecuador in the final group match. They overcame Chile in the quarter-finals and Peru in the semi-finals, winning 1-0.
Argentina drew its opening match against Chile and then defeated Uruguay 1-0 in the second match. They won Paraguay 1-0 in the third group round match, while they demolished Bolivia 4-1 in the final group stage meeting. They easily defeated Ecuador 3-0 in the quarter-finals. In the semi-final, a penalty-shootout victory over Colombia ensured a place in the final.
Head-to-head matchup between Brazil and Argentina
Argentina has 15 wins out of a possible 33 in the Copa America campaign. In ten matches, Brazil was victorious.
Argentina’s key players
Messi, Angel Di Maria, Emiliano Martinez, Lautaro Martinez, Sergio Agüero, and Leandro Paredes are some of the best players in the world.
Brazil is a key player.
Neymar, Thiago Silva, Lucas Paquetá, Casemiro, Fred, and Roberto Firmino are some of the best players in the world.
When will the Copa America final be held in 2021?
Brazil and Argentina will face off in the final on July 11 at 5:30 a.m. IST.
Where will the final between Brazil and Argentina be held?
The match will take place in Rio de Janeiro’s renowned Maracana Stadium.
Which TV stations will broadcast the final match between Brazil and Argentina live?
On Sony Sports network channels, the Copa America final will be broadcast live. The match between Brazil and Argentina will be televised live on Sony SIX HD/SD with English commentary.
How can I watch the final match between Brazil and Argentina live?
On the SonyLIV app, live streaming will be available.