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Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final, making Messi the best player of the tournament

Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in Saturday’s Copa America final to secure the national team’s first title in 28 years, win their first major title since 1993, and Lionel Messi finally lifts his first major trophy for the national team.

Argentina’s winning goal at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro came in the 22nd minute after Rodrigo De Paul made a long pass to Angel Di Maria.

The 33-year-old veteran striker counted on some sloppy defending from left-back Renan Lodi to take control and lob it past goalkeeper Ederson.

It was only the third goal Brazil conceded in the tournament.

Brazil piled on the pressure in an exciting second half but even with five strikers on the field, they could not get an equaliser against the Argentinian defence protected by the outstanding Rodrigo De Paul.

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