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Brazil 2-0 Argentina: Messi And La Albiceleste Crash Out Of Copa America

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Lionel Messi's hope of winning his first trophy with his national team was dashed once more as Argentina crashed out of the ongoing Copa America to Brazil.

Goals by strikers Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino in each half in Belo Horizonte put the Brazilians through to the finals as La Albiceleste shaky run in the tournament came to an end.

Argentina had looked to get past Brazil in the semi-finals as they chased a first major tournament title in 26 years but that run will now be extended by at least one more year.

The defeat also left Barcelona star Lionel Messi frustrated as their elimination meant he could not win a first senior trophy for his country.

Messi is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game but his inability to win a title with Argentina has always pulled him short when compared to other greats.

And those sentiments have become louder with his arch-rival winning the European Nations League this summer after his European Championship triumph in 2016.

And those sentiments have become louder with his arch-rival winning the European Nations League this summer after his European Championship triumph in 2016.

Both Messi and Argentina will now shift their attention to next year's centenary Copa America that they'd co-host with Colombia.

Brazil 2-0 Argentina: Messi And La Albiceleste Crash Out Of Copa America