The Talismanic player Argentinian Lionel Messi lashed out at referees officiating the match after his team’s 2-0 loss. His team lost to Brazil in Copa America semifinals which knocks them out of the tournament. Brazil has advanced to the finals as they beat their arch-rivals in a crucial match. The goals were scored by Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino.
Comedy of Errors:
Brazil will be playing either against Peru or Chile in final which is scheduled to take place on Sunday. The final will take place at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The tournament has been mostly plagued by long stoppages for the VAR. The Ecuadoran referee Roddy Zombrano opted for the game to be continued. So the Argentinian players thought that the VAR did not have a role to play in the semis.
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The officials were tired of making bulls as they were doing it for the most part of the match. Hopefully, the CONMEBOL has a look into the matter. Lionel Messi told that they tried everything to advance but the officials stacked against them. The Argentina star was furious at the officials.
Lionel Messi still away from the coveted major trophy:
Lionel Messi who is yet to win a major trophy with Argentina was more influential in this match but still lacked the golden touch. He was still looking at the shadow of the player who had won everything at Barcelona. He said that it was not meant to finish in this way.
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Just like the star player, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni was also upset with referee’s decisions. He said that the official was not qualified for the match of this level. Scaloni said that his team had heard a whistle at the beginning of Jesus’s move at the time of Firmino’s goal. He was also unhappy with the number of bookings of Argentina players in comparison to Brazil’s bookings. The coach told that it is a completely different game when a midfielder is on a yellow card.
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