Copa América: Lionel Messi sees red, Argentina comes third
Lionel Messi once again failed to win a title with the Argentine national team. After the semi-final against Brazil, the Albiceleste in the match for third place in the South American Championship 2: 1 (2: 0) prevailed against Chile, the goals scored Kun Agüero (11 minutes) and Paulo Dybala (21) for Argentina and Arturo Vidal for Chile (58.)
Messi did not even see the break whistle, as he and Chile's captain Gary Medel were sent off in the 37th minute. The superstar of Barcelona could no longer reach a steep pass into the Chilean penalty area - both players ran over the baseline, where they collided. The encounter resulted in a scuffle, with most of the aggression coming from Medel. Both saw smooth red, even after minutes of discussion with the referee. It was already the third pack formation in the game.
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Medel tried to give Messi a head nut. Although he retreated, he clasped his opponent
Sporty the game had started quite well. The Argentinians showed strong combinations, but the first goal came after a standard. At the center circle Messi had been redeemed by former Bayern professional Vidal, the free kick led the foul fast. Agüero was behind the unsorted Chilean defense started, got the ball into the barrel and brought his team into the lead (11).
Ten minutes later, Giovani sent Lo Celso into the box with a ball through Paulo Dybala. From the left side of this spiked from an acute angle the hesitant coming out goalkeeper Gabriel Arias to 2: 0 for Argentina (21). In the second half, after a foul by Lo Celso at Leverkusen's Charles Aránguiz, Vidal scored the first goal for the Chileans (58 '). The equalizer did not succeed last year's winner.
Argentina - Chile 2: 1 (2: 0)
1: 0 Agüero (11th)
2: 0 Dybala (21st)
2: 1 Vidal (58.)
Argentina: Armani - Foyth, Pezzella, Otamendi, Tagliafico - de Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso (90th Funes Mori) - Messi, Dybala (67th Di María), Agüero (81st Suárez)
Chile: Arias - P. Díaz, Medel, Jara (50th Maripán) - Isla, Beausejour, Pulgar, Aránguiz (83rd Castillo), Vidal - A. Sánchez (17th), E. Vargas
Yellow cards: Pezella, Paredes, Foyth, Tagliafico / Beausejour, Vidal, Pulgar
Red cards: Messi / Medel
Referee: Mario Diaz de Vivar (Paraguay)