Messi misses and retires, Copa America recap
To catch you up with Copa America Centenario, the United States lost its highly anticipated match with Argentina in the semi-finals, 4-0. Lionel Messi and crew just outclassed the U.S. team. It felt like they were playing 12-on-11 the whole game. Messi scored the second goal off a free kick and that kick demonstrated why is one of the best to ever play the game. He bent it right over Brad Guzan’s outstretched hands and stuck it right in the corner of the goal. The spaces could not have been tighter for him to squeeze that ball through…
That was his 55th international goal for Argentina, making him the all-time goal scoring leader for Argentina. It was a world class performance from the #1 team in the world. Gonzalo Higuain finished the U.S. off with two second half goals.
On the other side of the semifinals, Chile knocked off Colombia 2-0 after a lengthy rain delay. So the United States would get their revenge opportunity against Colombia in the 3rd place game. Colombia beat the U.S. in the first game of the tournament in Group A, 2-0. The U.S. was seeking their highest place finish in Copa America since 1995 when they finished 4th. They would have to settle for 4th again, after dropping the rematch to Colombia 1-0. Still, a lot of hope for the future of U.S. soccer as they had another good showing in a major international tournament.
As for the title game in Copa America Centenario…wow! What a game it was last night between Argentina and Chile, the two teams that went to penalty kicks last year in the Copa America finals. This game was fast paced and chippy. Both teams had a player sent off before the halftime whistle. The ending was frantic with both teams having their shot to break the scoreless contest at the end of both regulation, and the overtime period. It would eventually go to PK’s where Chile would go first, and miss the kick. Up steps Lionel Messi…
Messi misses, Chile goes on to win 4-2 in penalty kicks, hoists the Copa America trophy for the second straight year over Argentina, and sends Lio Messi into retirement from international play.
The international title drought for Argentina will reach 24 years, and apparently the pressure of it all is something Messi doesn’t want any part of, any longer. Messi is currently 29 years-old. The next World Cup is in 2 years and will be hosted by Russia. I predict Messi will have a change of heart before then.
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