Copa America - Semi-final
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Copa America: Brazil 2-0 Argentina

Roberto Firmino scores from close range to book Brazil's place in the Copa America final
Firmino scores from close range to book Brazil's place in the Copa America final

Brazil forwards Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino both scored as they beat arch-rivals Argentina 2-0 in the Copa America semi-final.

Jesus opened the scoring after 19 minutes when he sidefooted in a low cross from Firmino.

Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi both struck the woodwork for Argentina, who have not beaten Brazil in a major competitive fixture since 2005.

A Firmino tap-in secured the win to set up a final against Peru or Chile.

Brazil's win came at the same Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte where they were thumped 7-1 by Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals.

'The officiating was crazy'

Argentina lose to Brazil at the Copa America
Argentina felt they should have been awarded a penalty

Argentina captain Lionel Messi felt a number of decisions went against his side as they failed to reach the final for only the second time in the last six Copas.

Messi was particularly aggrieved Argentina were not awarded a penalty by referee Roddy Zambrano before Brazil's second goal.

He said: "Brazil were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty they didn't award.

"The officiating was crazy. There were clear penalties, on (Nicolas) Otamendi, on Kun (Sergio Aguero).

"He (the referee) was on their side. In every divided ball or dispute, he went their way.

"It's not an excuse, but the truth is that, in this Copa, they kept on blowing for stupid things, for handballs, penalties.

"But they didn't even go to VAR when there were clear plays that should have been looked at."

Messi set to continue with Argentina side

Lionel Messi
Messi seems set to continue with the Argentina team after their 2019 Copa America exit

Messi, who has won 29 trophies with Barcelona, has yet to win a major title with Argentina with his only success being a 2008 Olympics gold medal.

His next chance to change that will be when Argentina co-host the 2020 Copa America, with Colombia.

"Something new is on the horizon," said the 32-year-old, who quit international football after his country's defeat by Chile in the 2016 Copa America before returning for the 2018 World Cup.

"I hope we are respected and not criticised. They should let the team be and let them grow.

"The truth is I have got on very well with this group of players and if I have to help in some way I will. This is a great group which is growing and if I can join them I will."

Tite praises Jesus

Brazil have lost just twice in 42 games under coach Tite, who praised Manchester City striker Jesus after the match.

"Gabriel impresses all the professionals that work with him because he never gives up," said Tite.

"People tell him 'you just have to put up with the pain and run,' and that's what I asked him to do.

"He has to refine his solutions and he has to evolve because he's young, but if I ask him to shoot 50 times, he'll do 51.

"This capacity of persistence and his quest for something is his trademark."

Line-ups

Brazil

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Alisson
  • 13Alves da SilvaBooked at 40mins
  • 4MarquinhosSubstituted forMirandaat 64'minutes
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 12Lobo Silva
  • 8Arthur
  • 5Casemiro
  • 9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forAllanat 80'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 11Coutinho
  • 19Sousa SoaresSubstituted forWillianat 45'minutes
  • 20Firmino

Substitutes

  • 3Miranda
  • 6Filipe Luís
  • 7Neres Campos
  • 10Willian
  • 14Militão
  • 15Allan
  • 16Cássio
  • 17Fernandinho
  • 18Tolentino Coelho de Lima
  • 21Richarlison
  • 22Fagner
  • 23Ederson

Argentina

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Armani
  • 2FoythBooked at 56mins
  • 6Pezzella
  • 17Otamendi
  • 3TagliaficoBooked at 9minsSubstituted forDybalaat 85'minutes
  • 5Paredes
  • 16de PaulSubstituted forLo Celsoat 67'minutes
  • 8AcuñaBooked at 40minsSubstituted forDi Maríaat 59'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9AgüeroBooked at 90mins
  • 22MartínezBooked at 58mins

Substitutes

  • 4Saravia
  • 7Pereyra
  • 11Di María
  • 12Marchesín
  • 13Funes Mori
  • 14Casco
  • 15Pizarro
  • 18Rodríguez
  • 19Suárez
  • 20Lo Celso
  • 21Dybala
  • 23Musso
Referee:
Roddy Zambrano
Attendance:
55,947

Match Stats

Home TeamBrazilAway TeamArgentina
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home4
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brazil 2, Argentina 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brazil 2, Argentina 0.

  3. Booking

    Sergio Agüero (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Agüero (Argentina).

  5. Post update

    Dani Alves (Brazil) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Juan Foyth.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Paulo Dybala (Argentina).

  8. Post update

    Dani Alves (Brazil) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina).

  10. Post update

    Dani Alves (Brazil) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Miranda.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Foyth.

  13. Post update

    Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Allan (Brazil).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Leandro Paredes.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Agüero (Argentina).

  17. Post update

    Allan (Brazil) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lionel Messi (Argentina).

  19. Post update

    Casemiro (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Argentina. Paulo Dybala replaces Nicolás Tagliafico.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil32108087
2Venezuela31203125
3Peru311136-34
4Bolivia300329-70

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colombia33004049
2Argentina31113304
3Paraguay302134-12
4Qatar301225-31

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Uruguay32107257
2Chile32016246
3Japan302137-42
4Ecuador301227-51
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