Copa America - 3rd/4th Play-Offs
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Argentina 2-1 Chile: Messi gets first red card in 14 years as Argentina win

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Lionel Messi and Gary Medel were sent off in the 37th minute of the game

Lionel Messi was shown only the second red card of his career as Argentina beat Chile 2-1 in a hot-tempered Copa America third-place play-off.

The Barcelona forward had provided the assist for Sergio Aguero's opener before Paulo Dybala made it 2-0.

But Messi was shown a red following a clash with Gary Medel, which also saw the Chile player dismissed.

Arturo Vidal scored a second-half penalty but Argentina held off the fightback to secure third place.

However, the big talking point was undoubtedly the sendings off of Medel and Messi - who has never been sent off for Barcelona, and whose only other red card was on his international debut 14 years ago.

Tension had been building as the game wore on in a physical encounter with both sides often giving away niggly free-kicks.

Tempers spilled over eight minutes before half time when Messi appeared to nudge over Medel as they both challenged for the ball.

Lionel Messi
Messi and Argentina had previously expressed their frustration with the officiating during the Copa America

Medel responded by forcibly pushing his face into Messi's as the two players argued before the referee arrived and dismissed them both.

It seemed harsh on Messi, who in the replays of the incident did not appear to respond aggressively to Medel's action.

Chile had also lost Alexis Sanchez to injury early on. The Manchester United forward appeared to suffer a hamstring injury when chasing a long ball over the defence.

Brazil meet Peru in the Copa America final on Sunday (21:00 BST) and you can follow live text commentary of the game on the BBC Sport website.

Line-ups

Argentina

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Armani
  • 2FoythBooked at 79mins
  • 6PezzellaBooked at 57mins
  • 17Otamendi
  • 3TagliaficoBooked at 90mins
  • 16de Paul
  • 5ParedesBooked at 63mins
  • 20Lo CelsoSubstituted forFunes Moriat 90'minutes
  • 10MessiBooked at 37mins
  • 21DybalaSubstituted forDi Maríaat 67'minutes
  • 9AgüeroSubstituted forSuárezat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Saravia
  • 7Pereyra
  • 11Di María
  • 12Marchesín
  • 13Funes Mori
  • 14Casco
  • 15Pizarro
  • 18Rodríguez
  • 19Suárez
  • 23Musso

Chile

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Arias
  • 17MedelBooked at 37mins
  • 18JaraSubstituted forMaripánat 50'minutes
  • 5Díaz
  • 13PulgarBooked at 45mins
  • 4Isla
  • 20AránguizSubstituted forCastilloat 83'minutes
  • 8VidalBooked at 26mins
  • 15BeausejourBooked at 16mins
  • 11Vargas
  • 7SánchezSubstituted forFernandesat 17'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lichnovsky
  • 3Maripán
  • 6Fuenzalida
  • 9Castillo
  • 10Valdés
  • 12Cortés
  • 14Pavez
  • 16Hernández
  • 19Fernandes
  • 21Opazo
  • 22Sagal
  • 23Urra
Referee:
Mario Diaz de Vivar
Attendance:
44,269

Match Stats

Home TeamArgentinaAway TeamChile
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home15
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home21
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Argentina 2, Chile 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Argentina 2, Chile 1.

  3. Post update

    Arturo Vidal (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Matías Suárez (Argentina).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Arturo Vidal (Chile).

  6. Post update

    Leandro Paredes (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Paulo Díaz (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Matías Suárez (Argentina).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (Chile) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

  10. Booking

    Nicolás Tagliafico (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Mauricio Isla (Chile) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nicolás Tagliafico (Argentina).

  13. Post update

    Offside, Chile. Guillermo Maripán tries a through ball, but Junior Fernandes is caught offside.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Argentina. Ramiro Funes Mori replaces Giovani Lo Celso.

  15. Post update

    Arturo Vidal (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Guillermo Maripán.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Erick Pulgar (Chile).

  19. Post update

    Rodrigo de Paul (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Eduardo Vargas (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 6th 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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