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Argentina's 1-0 Win Over Chile: Copa Quarters

Football  •  26 Jun, 2024  •  11,597 Views  •  ⭐ 2.5

Written by Shivani Chourasia

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With a dramatic late goal, Argentina has all but secured their place in the Copa América quarterfinals. In an intense match against Chile, Argentina clinched a 1-0 win thanks to Lautaro Martinez's decisive strike, following a corner kick from Lionel Messi. This win places Argentina in a strong position in their group, showcasing their resilience and determination on the field.


Messi’s Influence Despite Injury

Lionel Messi injury: World Cup final doubts brushed off by Argentina  team-mate Emiliano Martinez
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Lionel Messi, the talismanic figure for Argentina, once again demonstrated why he is considered one of the greatest players in the history of football. Despite not scoring or directly assisting, Messi's presence was pivotal in the match against Chile. His corner kick led to the match-winning goal by Martinez in the 88th minute, thrilling the 81,106 fans at MetLife Stadium. The victory came a day after Messi's 37th birthday, marking a crucial moment in Argentina’s Copa América journey.
However, Messi's physical condition became a talking point as he received treatment for his right groin during the match. In the 25th minute, he was seen being massaged by a trainer on the sideline, which raised concerns among fans and teammates. Although visibly discomforted, Messi managed to play through the pain, displaying his dedication and commitment to the team. About ten minutes later, he was again seen favouring his injury, taking time to attend to himself as an opposing player was injured. This raised further questions about his fitness levels.
Reports from Argentine news outlet TYCSports suggest that Messi might be rested for Argentina’s upcoming match against Peru. This precautionary measure is aimed at ensuring he is fit for the knockout stages of the tournament. Messi himself addressed the situation after the match, expressing hope that the injury was not serious. “I hope it's nothing serious,” Messi said, indicating his determination to continue contributing to Argentina's campaign.

Key Moments and Performance

Argentina vs. Chile live updates: Messi in Copa America, score, highlights
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Throughout the game, Messi had one clear attempt at goal, narrowly missing the target in the 36th minute when his left-footed shot grazed the right post. His leadership in the second half was evident as he orchestrated Argentina’s offensive plays, keeping the pressure on Chile’s defence. Even when not at his physical best, Messi's vision and passing ability created opportunities for his teammates, showcasing his integral role in the team.



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Defensive Stalwart: Dibu Martinez

Dibu' Martinez on 'anti-Dibu' penalty rule: 'They did it too late' - Buenos  Aires Herald
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While Messi commanded attention in the attack, Argentina's defence, anchored by goalkeeper Dibu Martinez, played a crucial role in securing the victory. Martinez faced three shots on goal from Chile, confidently saving each one. His performance ensured that Argentina maintained their clean sheet, crucial for their progression in the tournament.

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