One day after Neymar wowed followers together with his efficiency in Brazil’s opening match of the 2021 Copa America, Lionel Messi one-upped him.
Messi scored a goal on a picture-perfect free kick to momentarily put Argentina forward of Chile in the opening match of Group A. But Argentina could not make it maintain up and the sport completed 1-1.
The Argentine legend can typically put the ball the place he desires, and this time, he curled it into the highest proper nook previous the outstretched arms of Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Here’s one other angle of the goal to actually respect the bend:
Neymar, who’s a former teammate of Messi’s at FC Barcelona, was dazzling in his match together with his passing, weaving runs and set piece deliveries. He scored a goal on a penalty kick, and he additionally served up one other to Gabriel Barbosa as Brazil ran out 3-0 winners in opposition to Venezuela. Brazil are the defending Copa America champions.
Messi is below a number of stress to steer Argentina to a nationwide crew trophy, and the 2021 Copa America is his newest try. He’s been to the Copa America remaining three totally different occasions with Argentina, dropping to Brazil in 2007 after which dropping two consecutive finals to Chile on penalty kicks (2015 and 2016).
Copa America begins out with a bunch stage that options all 10 South American nations cut up up into two teams. Argentina and Brazil, the 2 favorites to win the event, are stored in separate teams to begin.