The stage is set for a massive Copa America 2021 final between two South American giants such as Argentina and Brazil in a new edition of one of soccer’s greatest rivalries.
The 2021 Copa America final will pit the two biggest national teams in South America against each other. Here is all you need to know ahead of the blockbuster showdown.
Lionel Messi’s Argentina against Neymar’s Brazil in the Copa America final on Saturday at the historic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
|Event Name:||Brazil vs Argentina|
|Date:||10 July 2021|
|Where:||Rio de Janeiro|
|Free Online Stream:||Watch Free Live|
Argentina won its semifinal against Colombia 3-2 on penalties after three saves by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. Regular time ended 1-1 at the Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia on Tuesday.
Argentina hasn’t captured a major title since 1993 when it won Copa America. On that occasion, the team eliminated Colombia on penalties 6-5 in the semifinal after a goalless draw.
Brazil beat Peru 1-0 on Monday to advance to the final. The Selecao has never lost a Copa America final at home and has won five out of six matches so far. It took Argentina only seven minutes to open the scoring. Rodrigo de Paul found Messi in the penalty box with a through the pass.
What is Brazil vs Argentina?
The 2021 Copa America is the 47th edition of the international tournament organized by South American football’s governing body Conmebol. All 10 Conmebol national teams participate and are divided into two groups based on geographical locations.
After the top four teams from each group progressed to the quarter-finals, Brazil and Argentina have made it through to the final.
When is Brazil vs Argentina on TV?
The 2021 Copa America final will take place on Saturday night local time (4 am Sunday in the UAE). The third-place playoff between Colombia and Peru will be played 24 hours earlier.
Where is Brazil vs Argentina Final Match?
The final will be played at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil assumed hosting duties from Argentina after Conmebol decided to relocate the tournament because of pandemic-related concerns. There will be no fans inside the stadium.
How did each team reach the final?
Brazil topped Group A with three wins and a draw, before successive 1-0 wins over Chile and Peru in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.
Argentina also advanced as group winners with 10 points, before defeating Ecuador 3-0 in the quarter-finals and edging Colombia on a penalty shootout in the last four.
Who are the key players?
Both teams are packed with talent but there is no mistaking who the two key players are for Brazil and Argentina. Neymar has been Brazil’s biggest star for a generation and the Paris Saint-Germain forward has displayed his quality throughout Copa America with two goals and three assists.
For Argentina, Lionel Messi remains his team’s most important player. The captain has been in scintillating form at the Copa America, with a tournament-leading four goals and five assists.
Messi’s last big chance?
The greatest footballer of his generation, and arguably the greatest of all time, the one and only asterisk in Messi’s incomparable career is the absence of international silverware. Having won it all, and numerous times, at club level with Barcelona, Messi has come up short in four previous finals with Argentina.
Messi has been on the losing side in three Copa America finals – in 2007, 2015, and 2016 – and at the 2014 World Cup. He announced his retirement after the third Copa final defeat but was convinced to return a few months later.
Neymar, meanwhile, has enjoyed some success with Brazil after helping his nation win the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup and a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics on home soil. But a Copa America title would be the biggest trophy of his international career.
How to watch the Copa America final 2021?
The 2021 Copa America final will be available to watch in the UAE on beIN Sports. Coverage is scheduled to start at 2.30 am on Sunday morning, with kick-off at 4 am.
Lionel Messi has sent a rallying cry to his teammates and singled out Neymar as Brazil’s danger man ahead of his Argentina side’s Copa America final against the Selecao this weekend.
Messi will have the opportunity to win his first major honor with his country on Sunday after they beat Colombia 3-2 on penalties in Wednesday’s semi-final following a 1-1 draw after extra time.
But standing in their way is the mighty Brazil, who saw off Peru 1-0 in their semi-final. One opponent who Messi will need to introduce to is Neymar, who he linked up with for four highly successful seasons at Barcelona.
Speaking after Argentina’s win, Messi warned that beating Brazil will be a tough ask – but is confident his team has what it takes to win their first Copa America since 1993.
“Brazil with Neymar is going to be very tough,” he said. “We know their potential and what Ney can do individually.
Who will win the Copa America final?
Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was the hero in the semi-final after saving three Colombia penalties in the shootout.
And Messi heaped praise upon the former Arsenal man, adding: “We knew it was going to be difficult. We got the draw and the penalties are a lottery, but we were very confident.
Copa America 2021: All the records that Lionel Messi can break in the final against Brazil
Lionel Messi has been the star performer for Argentina in the ongoing Copa America 2021 with four goals and five assists already to his name.
The former FC Barcelona captain has been directly involved in nine out of the 11 goals La Albiceleste has scored so far in the tournament. Out of the four goals he scored, two came from free-kicks. He also appeared in his 150th international match for Argentina in the semifinal against Colombia on Wednesday morning.
The superstar has created a few records in the ongoing tournament like becoming the most capped Argentine player of all time and he is in line to create a few more records in the final of the tournament.
What are the records Messi has already broken at Copa America?
1) Most appearances for Argentina
In the ongoing Copa America, Lionel Messi surpassed his former FC Barcelona and Argentina teammate Javier Mascherano’s tally of most appearances for La Albiceleste (147). At the beginning of the competition, Messi had 144 international caps to his name and after Argentina’s final group stage match against Bolivia, the superstar became the most-capped Argentine player of all time. He currently has 150 international caps.
2) First Argentine to feature at six Copa Americas
With his participation at the Copa America 2021, Lionel Messi became the first Argentina international to play in six editions of the tournament (2007-2021). The Barcelona skipper surpassed Javier Mascherano’s record of playing in five Copa Americas.
3) Most assists provided in a single tournament
With five assists in six matches in the ongoing Copa America 2021, Lionel Messi scripted the record of providing the most number of assists in one edition of Copa America.