Lionel Messi has accused the referees of favouring Brazil as Argentina crashed out of the Copa America with a 2-0 defeat in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte.
“They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty [to Aguero] they didn’t award,” Messi said.”They [the officials] had booked a lot of bullsht, but they didn’t even check the VAR, that’s incredible. That happened all over the game. At the first glance of contact, they ruled in their [Brazil’s] favour and this kind of bullsht distracted us from the game. There is no excuses for us, but we need to review this, analyse it and let’s hope CONMEBOL does something about it. I think we played a great game. We made a great effort and they were not superior to us.”
Argentina had 10 more shots at Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson than their opponents managed in attack (14-4) and struck the woodwork twice as they came agonisingly close to getting back into the contest.