Brazil grind out 3-0 victory to win Copa
Mon, 16 Jul 2007 10:28:31
Brazil has claimed the Copa America title with an easy 3-0 win dashing all Argentina’s hopes in the championship of the South American soccer.
On the 40th minute, it was heartbreak for Argentina captain and veteran defender Ayala. He was sprinting back to cover another Brazil break, but Dani Alves whipped a low cross in and Ayala could only steer it into his own net at the near post.
Even the Argentina’s stars Lionel Messi, Juan Roman Riquelme and Carlos Tevez could not do anything to avert the defeat.
Argentina continued to struggle to make any impact in the second half as the likes of Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi were marked out of the game by well-organized opponents.
Brazil earned a memorable third goal after 69 minutes, with Vagner Love breaking free down the left and slotting an inch-perfect pass between two defenders to Alves.
The Argentines never played to their true potential, as star midfielders Riquelme and Juan Sebastian Veron didn’t have any influence on the match and miserable night was summed up for Argentina when Tevez had an 80th-minute effort ruled out for offside.
The Brazilians fully deserved their eighth Copa America title after an outstanding display in the final.
Carlos Dunga, the national football team head coach came under a barrage of heavy criticism from Brazilian media after Brazil lost the first match against Mexico 0-2.
by Farbod Mostofi
Edited by B.Ghafari