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Messi's Argentina beats Brazil 1-0, wins Copa America title: What you need to know


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1. Lionel Messi's Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in Saturday's Copa America final to secure the national team's first title in 28 years and the superstar's first major international trophy.

2. The victory at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium ended Argentina's 28-year wait for a major trophy, and also ended Brazil's unbeaten home record that stretched back more than 2500 days.

3. Messi, 34 dropped to the ground in joy at the full-time whistle and was swiftly mobbed by his teammates, before being hurled in the air in celebration.

4. Argentina's winning goal at the Maracana stadium 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. Neymar tried hard with dribbles and passes, but the Selecao barely threatened Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

5. Argentina had last tasted success at a major tournament in 1993 and it was the first time in six editions playing at home that Brazil had failed to lift the trophy.

6. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni revealed that Messi played against Colombia and Brazil in Copa America with an injury. He did not say what the injury was but he showered Messi with praise on a night Argentines celebrate their first international title in 28 years.

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