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 bullsh*t, 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 bullsh*t 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.