Argentine superstar Lionel Messi passed a horrible tournament in the Copa America. In the semi final he and Argentina failed to defeat host Brazil as they depart from the tournament. Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino scored the goals as Brazil beat arch-rivals Argentina 2-0 on Tuesday and reached the Copa America final.
Hosts Brazil will play the winners of Wednesday second semi-final between defending champions Chile and Peru in Sunday’s final.
It was the first time these age-old rivals had met in a major competition since Brazil beat Argentina 3-0 in the 2007 Copa final.
Jesus and Firmino were the stars, each creating the other’s goal, although captain Dani Alves had a major say in the opener.
Defeat meant Barcelona great Messi’s hopes of landing a major international honor with Argentina became even more fade.
He will get another opportunity next year, though, with the fourth Copa America in the last five years, due to be played in Argentina and Colombia.