RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil trusted its protection much more than Neymar to maintain its Copa America title. It was a transfer that failed.
Argentina’s 1-0 victory on the Maracana Stadium on Saturday proved that the Selecao’s defensive prowess was not as robust as its gamers and coach have proven. Now coach Tite must rethink a few of his alternate options, as he promised to make use of Copa America as a testing floor forward of the World Cup in Qatar.
Argentina’s winner got here within the twenty second minute after Rodrigo de Paul made an extended go to Ángel di Maria. The 33-year-old veteran striker counted on poor defending by left-back Renan Lodi to take management and lob it previous goalkeeper Ederson.
Brazil had conceded solely two objectives within the event earlier than the ultimate. However Di Maria knew that Lodi might possbly be crushed.
“Earlier than the match I instructed him (de Paul) that the left-back slept somewhat within the marking,” the Argentinian striker stated after the match. Brazil’s most frequent starter within the place, Alex Sandro, was recovering from harm.
However it wasn’t solely Lodi who made errors in Brazil’s protection towards Argentina. Veteran Thiago Silva and midfielder Casemiro, two of the steadiest gamers of the staff, gave Argentina alternatives within the second half, a few of them in unforced errors.
Silva acknowledged Brazil was underneath par in a match that marked the primary Copa America title that the Selecao misplaced enjoying at residence — it received in all earlier 5.
“It was not the Brazil staff it often is within the first minutes. If you concede in a match like this, it’s exhausting to come back again,” he stated. “Within the second half it was just one staff making an attempt to play, the opposite was simply stopping the match. However we won’t use excuses, we could not play our recreation within the first half.”
Brazil coach Tite praised Argentina for the title, but additionally stated the defeat at residence additionally got here as a result of Argentina did not need the match to move.
“We wished to play, however there was plenty of anti-soccer. Fouls on a regular basis, it took ages for the match to go on,” Tite stated. “There was no tempo. Their technique was that. Argentina could be very nicely positioned defensively, has an important goalkeeper, a again 4 of high quality, with good replacements. There’s deserves.”
Proper-back Danilo and midfielder Fred, each starters on the Maracana, didn’t clarify errors within the closing, however neither supported Brazil up entrance. Neymar was remoted for a lot of the match.
Brazil improved within the second half, operating the chance of conceding one other aim in a counter, after Fred was changed by Roberto Firmino. Lucas Paquetá, a extra artistic participant, was moved to Fred’s place, which gave Brazil extra ball possession, however not as many alternatives to attain.
Messi was well-stopped for a lot of the match. His solely alternative got here within the 88th minute when Brazil was in desperation mode, however Ederson stopped the shot.
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