Brazil advanced to the Copa America final with a 2-0 win over old rivals Argentina on Tuesday in a pulsating and, at times, a bad-tempered match decided by a goal in each half from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino.
On Tuesday, Argentina came close to scoring themselves however, both Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi hit the woodwork.
Jesus opened the scoring in the nineteenth minute in the Mineirao Stadium after a samba-style play from appropriate back Dani Alves. It was the striker’s first goal in the competition.
Firmino included the second at the 71st minute assisted by Jesus before 56,000 fans.
Hosts Brazil will play the winners of Wednesday’s after semi-final between champions Chile and Peru in Sunday’s finals. It was the first time through these main opponents had met in a noteworthy challenge since Brazil beat Argentina 3-0 in the 2007 Copa America last.
The defeat meant Barcelona incredible Messi’s expectations of getting noteworthy global respect with Argentina turned out to be considerably increasingly remote.
He will get another opportunity next year from now, however, with the fourth Copa America over the most recent five years, due to be played in Argentina and Colombia.