Messi in Copa America, score, highlights


EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey – Two down, five to go. And Argentina has virtually secured a place in the quarter-finals of the Copa America.

Lionel Messi’s corner was deflected, leading to a goal from Lautaro Martinez in the 88th minute.e minute, and Argentina defeated Chile 1-0 on Tuesday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 81,106 fans at MetLife Stadium.

One day after Messi’s 37e On his birthday he did not score for the second Copa America match in a row. He also did not receive an assist, despite his corner kick leading to the winning goal.

More importantly, Messi finished the match despite having his right groin area massaged by a trainer on the touchline in the 25th minute. He also favored the injury about ten minutes later, using the time to take care of himself as an opponent was injured.

Argentine news outlet TYCSports reports that Messi may not play in Argentina’s third group match against Peru on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

“I hope it’s nothing serious,” Messi said of his injury after the match.

Messi had one clear shot towards the net, firing a left boot that grazed the right post in the 36th minute. He played an important role in the second half, leading Argentina’s attacking attack.

Argentina almost played out a goalless draw against Chile – the two clubs played out scoreless Copa America finals in 2015 and 2016 before Chile decided both matches.

Argentina goalkeeper Dibu Martinez wasn’t too busy saving three shots on target in the match – Chile’s only attempts in the match.

But Peruvian goalkeeper Claudio Bravo – who played with Messi at FC Barcelona from 2014 to 2016 – deflected 21 of Argentina’s 22 shots in the match until Martinez scored.

Argentina have six points in Group A – ahead of Canada (three), Chile (one) and Peru (one) – making Saturday’s match against Peru at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium a chance to give Messi a rest if he needs it has. Chile will play Canada on Saturday in the final group matches for each team.

Argentina finally breaks through: Leo Messi’s corner was deflected, but Lauturo Martinez was in the right place at the right time.

Martinez scores in the 88e minute and Argentina look set to beat Chile 1-0 and advance to the quarter-finals of the Copa America.

After a VAR speech lasting more than two minutes, the goal was allowed.

The sold-out crowd at MetLife Stadium exceeds 80,000.

Chilean Rodrigo Echeverría has the club’s first two shots towards the net in this match, both saved by Argentinian goalkeeper Dibu Martínez.

Messi took off, took a pass after a bounce and tried to kick awkwardly towards the net, but to no avail.

Once again, Peru goalkeeper Claudio Bravo – who played with Messi at FC Barcelona in 2014-2016 – made the save.

Messi finally gets a bad decision to go his way: Argentina 0, Chile 0

The referee ultimately sided with Messi after a tackle in the 65e minute, during which a foul was called and a free kick was given in midfield.

Nicolás González’s shot at goal was deflected by Peruvian goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and hit the crossbar before the 61st minute, another chance where Argentina almost scored. It was also a near assist for Messi.

Messi delivered a pass into the goal area with the perfect touch. But Alexis Mac Allister failed to chip the pass enough to send it into the back of the net.

Argentina upped the pace in the second half, and Messi’s two passes for near-assists showed he had only gone from strength to strength as the match wore on.

Messi gave a pass to Nahuel Molina, who shot towards the net, but Peru goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made the save just before the 50e minute. It was almost another assist in the Copa América for Messi.

Lionel Messi raised two fingers when he spoke to Uruguayan referee Andres Matonte about at least two no-calls in the first half just before half-time.

Messi’s groin problems don’t affect his dribbling: here’s a midfield shock he gave to Chile.

A swing and a miss from Lionel Messi in the 36e minute vs. Chili.

Messi’s kick barely grazed the right post, a sequence that left him scratching his head after the missed chance.

It is unclear whether Messi’s groin injury affected his shot – perhaps a little, or not at all.

Lionel Messi stood on the sidelines near the Argentinian bench and received his right groin massaged by a trainer for several minutes in the first half, just before the 25th minute.

Messi ran back onto the field after treatment and will remain in the match. During a stoppage about ten minutes later, Messi bent over to nurse his injury again.

It’s something to keep an eye on as Argentina continue their match against Chile, needing a win to reach the quarter-finals of the Copa América.

Well, the referees (it’s a Uruguayan staff by the way) let them play. Messi appeared to wonder whether he thought it was a foul that could have resulted in a free kick just outside the penalty area.

Chile have been getting closer to Messi whenever he has touched the ball, a typical defense that Messi often sees.

The feeling process continues here in the first half, with the Argentinian Julián Álvarez unable to get enough of a chip shot in the 21st minute.

The field consists of turf placed on artificial turf, as MetLife Stadium is notoriously not a natural grass venue.

It’s a change from the Atlanta field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which was artificial turf — much to the chagrin of Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni.

“We knew we would play here for seven months, and the turf was installed two days ago,” Scaloni said last Thursday. “I don’t think the pitch was good for the players.” Scaloni was not as forthcoming about the itch during his pre-match press conference on Monday, shying away from the issue before the match in Chile.

It’s a sold out house tonight for Argentina and Chile. Watch this scene setter during the FS1 broadcast.

Argentina and Chile kick off at 9:00 PM (Eastern Time), 10:00 PM in Argentina.

Argentina vs. Chile airs on FS1 (in English) or TUDN and Univision (in Spanish).

A win over Chile tonight would see Argentina advance to the quarter-finals with six points in Group A. However, a draw would make Argentina’s match against Peru on June 29 interesting.

Canada’s 1-0 win over Peru earlier Tuesday puts the Canadians in second place with three points in Group A behind Argentina.

Argentina have three points from last Thursday’s win over Canada, and a 2-1 goal difference over Canada for tonight’s match. Chile and Peru each have a point in Group A.

FOX analyst Alexi Lalas about Argentina and Lionel Messi during the pregame show:

“This Argentina team is a home team here in the United States,” Lalas said. “These are the world champions. They are the Copa America champions. They defend their title. And they have the best player of all time.”

Yes. Messi is in the starting line-up for Argentina’s match against Chile.

Messi smiled and waved outside a hotel window to greet adoring fans on his 37th birthday Monday. The celebration took place in Times Square in New York City and at the Argentina national team hotel in New Jersey.

Argentine fans, dressed in white and sky blue, flooded the streets of Times Square on Monday afternoon – dancing, jumping and signing “Soy Argentino, Es un sentimiento, Que no puedo parar. (I’m Argentinian. It’s a feeling I can’t stop).”

About 20 miles away, at the Hilton Short Hills, fans parked at a nearby shopping center Monday night and waited for hours to see Messi and some of his teammates before staff members served two large sheets of dulce de leche cake, an Argentine favorite.

Read more about the Argentina fans ahead of Tuesday’s match.

The match between Argentina and Chile is sold out

Tickets for the Argentina-Chile match are sold out, Conmebol announced earlier today. It is the second straight sold-out crowd Argentina has played in front of, after 70,564 fans watched the tournament opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta last Thursday.

Argentina vs. Chile Copa America odds

Argentina has -225 odds to win, while a draw has +310 odds, and a Chile upset +675. According to BETMGM, the over/under is 2.5 goals.

Messi says: ‘God chose me’

Messi said during another relaxed, introspective interview with Argentine journalist Juan Pablo Varsky, released on Monday, that his football skills and talent are a gift from above.

“It is very clear to me that I was born this way because God chose me,” Messi said. “It was a gift he gave me. I tried to take advantage of it, I did everything I could to get the most out of it.”

Argentina wins Copa América opener, while Chile draws

Messi waited until the 88th minute to make his mark in the 2024 Copa América opener, providing an assist for Lautaro Martinez, while Julián Álvarez scored shortly after half-time to put Argentina 2-2 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta last Thursday. 0 helped beat Argentina.

Chile and Peru played a goalless draw last Friday at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Argentina vs. Chile Copa América history

Argentina and Chile have won three of the last five Copa América tournaments.

Argentina’s victory came in 2011 and paved the way for the 2022 World Cup title.

But Argentina suffered losses to Chile in the Copa América finals in 2015 and 2016 – the latter causing Messi to briefly withdraw from the national team.

Messi leaves door open to play at World Cup

Messi remains the face of the Argentina national team. He will be the star attraction in the Copa América. And he is open to competing in the next World Cup in 2026 – if his body holds up.

“It depends on how I feel, how I am physically and how I am realistic with myself. And to know if I am up to the task of being able to compete and help the colleagues next to me,” said Messi. “There’s still a while and I don’t know what I’ll be like at that point.”

Messi says there is not much time left in his career

“I’ve done this all my life. I like playing ball. I enjoy the training, the daily activities, the competitions. Yes, there is a bit of fear that it will all end. It is always there,” Messi told ESPN Argentina.

“It was a difficult step to leave Europe to come to the United States. The fact that we won the World Cup helped. It helped enormously to see things in a different way. But I try not to think about it (retiring). I try to enjoy it. I do that more now, because I realize that there is not much time left.”

Messi remains big business outside the football field

Messi has a new drink, Mas+, debuting in the U.S. He was the hilarious punch line in a promo for the movie “Bad Boys” starring movie stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. And if football fans don’t already, they’ll be chanting “O-Lays, O-Lays, O-Lays, O-Lays” after his commercials for Lays chips and other companies air all summer long.