Brazil lift Copa America (3-0)
Brazil have defied the experts to beat Argentina 3-0 in the final of the Copa America. Their direct game gave the fancied Argentina side little chance.
Brazil played a long-ball game and were disciplined in defence. A magnificent goal after just four
minutes from Julio Baptista, in the first attacking move of the game, put Argentina at a
disadvantage from which they never recovered.
Riquelme and Ayala
However, Argentina had the chance to equalise in the 8th minute when Ayala set up Riquelme
inside the penalty area, but his fierce shot cannoned off the woodwork. Ayala then featured in
Brazil’s second shortly before halftime when he turned the ball into his own net.
Fouls and more fouls
In the second half, Brazil surrendered possession to Argentina and sat
back to soak up the constant pressure. Argentina manager Alfio Basile brought on Aimar for
Cambiasso but the change made no difference as the favourites for the title struggled to find their
form either collectively or individually.
Dani Alves counterattack
As the final whistle approached, Argentina left themselves more and more open at the back
until, finally, a great piece of skill from Wagner Love put the ball on a plate for Sevilla’s
Dani Alves to make it 3-0.
Brazil: Maicon, Alex, Juan, Gilberto; Mineiro, Elano (Dani Alves, 32), Josué,
Julio Baptista; Vágner Love (Fernando, 90) and Robinho (Diego, 90).
Argentina: Roberto Abbdondanzieri; Javier Zanetti, Roberto Ayala, Gabriel Milito,
Gabriel Heinze; Javier Mascherano, Juan Sebastian Verón (Lucho González, 22), Esteban Cambiasso
(Pablo Aimar, 58); Juan Román Riquelme; Lionel Messi and Carlos Tévez.
Goals: 1-0 (min 4, Julio Baptista) 2-0 (min 40, Roberto Ayala en propia puerta),
3-0 (min 69, Dani Alves).
Referee: Carlos Amarilla.