03 Jul Copa America: ‘It was bullsh*t’ – Lionel Messi accuses referees of favouring Brazil in Argentina’s semi-final defeat
The Albiceleste as soon as once more fell quick and their celebrity participant seems to have laid among the blame on officers
Lionel Messi has accused the referees of favouring Brazil as Argentina crashed out of the Copa America with a 2-Zero defeat within the semi-final in Belo Horizonte.
The Barcelona star once more did not have a decisive influence within the match for his nation because the hosts took essentially the most of their alternatives with targets from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino in both half sealing a spot within the last towards both Chile or Peru.
However Messi was scathing of the efficiency from the Video Assistant Referee and match official Roddy Zambrano , utilizing a post-match interview to criticise the choice to not award a penalty to Sergio Aguero simply previous to Firmino’s 71st minute strike.
“They weren’t higher than us. They discovered the online early and the second aim got here from a penalty [to Aguero] they did not award,” Messi advised reporters.
“They [the officials] had booked a number of bullsh*t, however they did not even verify the VAR, that is unbelievable.
“That occurred everywhere in the recreation. On the first look of contact, they dominated of their [Brazil’s] favour and this type of bullsh*t distracted us from the sport.
“There is no such thing as a excuses for us, however we have to overview this, analyse it and let’s hope CONMEBOL does one thing about it.
“I feel we performed an amazing recreation. We made an amazing effort and so they weren’t superior to us.”
Argentina had 10 extra photographs at Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson than their opponents managed in assault (14-4) and struck the woodwork twice as they got here agonisingly near getting again into the competition.
Aguero looped a header onto the crossbar with Alisson properly crushed within the first half shortly after Jesus gave Brazil the lead and Messi slammed a shot into the submit within the second interval after Lautaro Martinez’s drive was blocked.
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The Selecao took each of their probabilities clinically, solely having 4 photographs within the match, as Jesus and Firmino each side-footed into the online from shut vary after being teed up by the opposite.
Brazil will now host the winner of Wednesday’s semi-final between Chile and Peru in a last to be hosted on Sunday on the Maracana.
They are going to be aiming to win their first Copa America since triumphing in Venezuela through the 2007 version.