Brazil is already in the final of its Copa América. The hosts, with goals from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino, sentenced a superior Argentina on Tuesday in some phases of the match, and next Sunday they will fight for their ninth crown against Chile or Peru at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
Gabriel Jesús opened the scoring (m.19) at the pass of Firmino, after a dreamlike play by Daniel Alves, and the Liverpool striker extended the distance (m.71) when they were worse off at the end of a counterattack led by the attacker Manchester City.
Between the two they zamparon to the maximum rival in a Mineirao of Belo Horizonte, that knew nothing of ghosts of the past, nor 1-7.
Canarinha will play a Copa America final twelve years after the last, when he won his last title in Venezuela 2007, and the first since Tite took over three years ago, the reins of this team that does not know what the 'jogo' is pretty ', but it is an insurmountable wall.
The Albiceleste, who came to lose two finals in a row, in 2015 and 2016, says goodbye to the possibility of winning a big tournament, and they have not done so for 26 years, a slab too big to have the best player in the world among their ranks.
Messi tried, Aguero also, but Brazil knew how to resist enough to keep his goal clean and five games are already going. Alisson still does not know what it is to receive a goal in this Copa América.
The hosts started the match by reminding Argentina that it was in hostile territory, imposing a high pressure brand of the house.
Messi almost did not smell it in the first fifteen minutes. If he dared to drive the ball more than five meters, there was Casemiro, his shadow tonight, to suffocate him and knock him down.
Before the little nerve of the Albiceleste, Paredes tried to hit the hornet's nest with a mid-range whiplash that went by grazing the crossbar of Alisson.
Then there was tension and respect between both teams. The game went into a thick phase, of hard play too. Coutinho and Paredes came face to face after a new demolition of Messi by the omnipresent shirt 5.
The two combined were afraid of a mistake and then the captain of the Canarinha appeared with a play of legend.
Daniel Alves threw a hat to Acuña, broke free from the entrance to the floor of Paredes and gave a pass to the hole looking away Firmino, who first gave the ball to Gabriel Jesus.
The 22-year-old attacker only had to push him into the area to start the scoring and end a drought with the national team in official games that lasted from the end of 2017.
The bench of the Canarinha exploded, Tite gave jumps of joy and Messi, impassive without making any gesture. The ticket for the final was expensive for Argentina.
The Scaloni reacted in a ball stopped in the area of three quarters, the result of the lack of Casemiro missing shirt 10. Messi put it in the heart area and Agüero headed alone, but his shot crashed into the crossbar.
Brazil marched shamelessly and Argentina wanted to take a step forward. In a bad exit of Coutinho, Messi left Casemiro and Alex Sandro and connected with Agüero, who advanced before the slip of Thiago Silva and fired with everything, but Marquinhos appeared from nowhere to put a miraculous foot and deflect the danger.
Another serious warning from Argentina and Messi, at full capacity. Fortunately for the locals, only Agüero seemed to accompany him in the adventure of trying to tie.
If the first half had been measured by points, Argentina would have won, but Brazil was the one that sent the score.
In the resumption, Argentina took the control. Agüero easily received and began to unseat the Brazilian back, as Messi.
In a counterattack, a shot from Lautaro ended at the feet of 10, who threw a bomb into the area that blew the stick and silenced the Mineirao. In the rejection, the Argentine forward focused, but no teammate was with the cane.
Brazil answered the dominance of its maximum rival with a high shot of Coutinho that could mean the definitive thrust.
Scaloni decided then to put more dynamite on the turf giving entrance to Di Maria. Tite gave more oxygen to the rear by removing Marquinhos, injured, and removing Miranda.
And when worse was happening Brazil, Gabriel Jesus hunted a loss of Argentina, Otamendi went speed, entered the area and gave the ball to Firmino, who finished at pleasure.
It was a goal that was worth a final. Argentina threw the towel. Then came the 'olés' for Brazil and the cries of "eliminated" for Argentina from a crazy fans who already expect rival for the final: Chile or Peru.
Brazil: Alisson; Daniel Alves, Marquinhos (m.64 Miranda), Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Arthur, Philippe Coutinho; Éverton (m.45 Willian), Gabriel Jesús (m.80 Allan) and Roberto Firmino.
Argentina: Franco Armani; Juan Foyth, Germán Pezzella, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico (m.85 Paulo Dybala); Rodrigo de Paul (m.67 Giovani Lo Celso), Leandro Paredes, Marcos Acuña (m.59 Ángel Di María); Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martínez and Sergio Agüero.
Goals: 1-0, m.19: Gabriel Jesús; 2-0, m.71: Roberto Firmino
Referee: the Ecuadorian Roddy Zambrano admonished Tagliafico, Acuña, Daniel Alves, Foyth, Lautaro, Allan and Sergio Agüero.
Incidents: first semifinal of the Copa América Brasil 2019, played at the Mineirao stadium in the city of Belo Horizonte before 55,947 spectators. The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, and forward Neymar were present.
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