Lionel Messi announces his return to international football after a 3 month international ban as he scores a goal after missing a penalty in what was to be the only goal in Argentina’s match against South American rivals Brazil.
La Albicelestes won the game 0-1 after Messi missed a penalty shot in the 14th minute of play but was able to net the rebound from Brazilian keeper Alisson Becker giving Argentina the lead early in the first half.
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Brazil were given an ideal opportunity of their own to equalize when they were awarded a penalty in the 20th minute, however Gabriel Jesus’s penalty attempt ended up going wide. Messi came close to extending his teams lead with an attempt on goal off a free kick in the 66th minute. Unfortunately for him, Becker was able to tip the ball over the posts.
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Lautaro Martínez was afforded an opportunity to extend Argentina’s lead in the 80th minute of play as he received the ball in a open space from the corner kick. With a clear chance on goal, the 22 year old forward packed too much punch into his kick and hoofed the ball right over the goal, squandering a perfect opportunity.
Argentina dominated most of the second half which ended in a well deserved 0-1 victory for them. This was Messi’s first international game since his 3 month ban from international play after accusing Copa America organizers and officials of being “corrupt”.
The ban was handed down to him by CONMEBOL along with a fine. Messi made this comment just after the Brazil v Argentina game in which he believed that Argentina were not awarded 2 key penalties as the organizers and officials were bent on seeing host team Brazil win the tournament.