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Argentina’s star player Lionel Messi didn’t hide his discontent after his side were ‘controversially’ knocked out of this year’s Copa America by rivals Brazil.
Brazil, the hosts, laboured to a 2-0 victory to storm the finals in an epic clash held at Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto (Mineirão).
Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino were on target – Jesus put Brazil in the lead in 19 minutes before a Firmino tap-in secured the win.
Messi was particularly aggrieved Argentina were not awarded a penalty by referee Roddy Zambrano before Brazil’s second goal.
“Brazil were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty they didn’t award.
“The officiating was crazy. There were clear penalties, on (Nicolas) Otamendi, on Kun (Sergio Aguero).
“He (the referee) was on their side. In every divided ball or dispute, he went their way.
“It’s not an excuse, but the truth is that, in this Copa, they kept on blowing for stupid things, for handballs, penalties.
“But they didn’t even go to VAR when there were clear plays that should have been looked at.”
Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi both struck the woodwork for Argentina, who have not beaten Brazil in a major competitive fixture since 2005.
The result means more disappointment for Messi on the international stage with Argentina, while Brazil go on to meet either Chile or Peru in Sunday’s final at the Maracana.
The 2019 Copa América is the 46th edition of the Copa América, the international men’s association football championship organized by South America’s football ruling body CONMEBOL.