Despite a brilliant goal from Lionel Messi’s free-kick, Chile held Argentina to a 1–1 draw in the opening match of Copa America. Messi scored a brilliant goal in the 33rd minute, hitting the Chilean defense on a free-kick. Argentina kept the pressure on Chile even without injured striker Alexis Sanchez. In the second half, however, Chile’s team made a great comeback and got a penalty on video review. Arturo Vidal’s shot was blocked by the goalkeeper but Chile equalized in the 57th minute on a reverse shot from Eduardo Vargas.
Football player Messi kept making chances till the end, but he did not get support from the other end. Argentina now has to play Uruguay on Friday while Chile will face Bolivia. Paraguay’s team will play Argentina on Monday.
Before this football match played at the Nilton Santos Stadium, tribute was paid to the great Argentine footballer Diego Maradona, who died in November at the age of 60. A three-minute video with the song ‘Live is Life’ was shared on CONMEBAL’s social media channels. This is the same song that played with the famous video of Maradona practicing for Napoli before the 1989 UEFA Cup semi-final against Bayern Munich.
The video showed Maradona playing in different jerseys for the Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, Newells Old Boys, and Argentina teams. It also had glimpses of some of the highlights of his career, such as Maradona expressing his desire to play the World Cup as a child, receiving the trophy from the President of Mexico in 1986 and his goal against England in the same World Cup.
This tribute was to be given to him in Argentina but on the occasion, Argentina withdrew from co-hosting the tournament, and Brazil was made the host. The video ends with Maradona’s speech leaving Boca Juniors in 2001. In this, he had said, “This celebration will never end. May this love of yours for me always remain.”
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