The Brazil-Argentina final was something that all football fans alike wanted right from the start of Copa America. Now that the tournament is over, the stage is set for such a final. When all the other teams are out, only the strongest Brazil and Argentina are left in the picture.
Brazil beat Peru in the semi-finals to advance to the final, while Argentina beat Colombia in a penalty shootout to advance to the final. The match is set to escalate when superstars Neymar and Messi clash over the Argentina-Brazil clash. The match will be played on Saturday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
This is not the first time Brazil and Argentina have met in the final. The two first met in the Copa America final. In that final match in 1937, Argentina defeated Brazil to win the title. Since then, Brazil has not lost to Argentina in the final.
Brazil won two Copa America titles in 2004 and 2007, beating Argentina. They also beat Argentina in a Confederations Cup final in 2005. Messi played in the 2007 Copa America final, but Brazil beat Argentina 3-0 to win the title.
Brazil has won the last six matches in which both teams have met in knockout matches. Brazil has won 42 of the 107 matches between Argentina and Brazil. Argentina won 40 and drew 25. Argentina last defeated Brazil in a knockout match in the 1991 Copa America.
Argentina last beat Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires in 2005. Argentina won 3-1 thanks to Juan Roman Riquelme. Messi and his team are set to win Argentina’s first title since the 1993 Copa America.
If Argentina beat Brazil in this year’s Copa America final to win the title, Messi and his team are going to make a lot of new history. If they can beat Brazil in the final after 1937, it will be a new awakening for Argentine football itself. But overcoming the best-performing Brazil is a big challenge for Argentina.