Lionel Messi mentioned Argentina lacked management whereas bemoaning the state of the pitch of their Copa America draw towards Chile.
Messi scored a shocking free-kick within the first half however it was not sufficient as Chile salvaged a 1-1 draw within the Group A encounter in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.
Famous person captain Messi transformed his first free-kick for Argentina since November 2016 – after 1,672 days – after curling his set-piece previous Claudio Bravo within the thirty third minute.
Chile star Arturo Vidal was awarded a penalty for a rash problem from Nicolas Tagliafico after referee Wilmar Roldan checked the pitch-side monitor and though the midfielder’s penalty was brilliantly tipped towards the crossbar by Emiliano Martinez, Eduardo Vargas nodded in following up approaching the hour mark.
1 – Lionel Messi has scored a direct free kick for Argentina after 1672 days: his final free kick purpose had been towards Colombia, on 15 November 2016, within the WC Qualifiers. Specialist. pic.twitter.com/VcBT7Jdeae
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“I feel the penalty kick and after they draw gave them peace of thoughts, they began to deal with the ball, we couldn’t have it and the sport acquired sophisticated for us,” Messi, who scored his third Copa free-kick, mentioned post-match.
“After we had been in benefit we couldn’t maintain the end result, the enjoying subject didn’t assist us and we lacked management of the ball and to play sooner, which they did after they managed to attract stage. I didn’t see the penalty, however clearly it modified the sport.”
Argentina – runners-up in 2015 and 2016 – had their greatest anticipated objectives (xG of two.82) in a sport beneath head coach Lionel Scaloni in World Cup qualifiers or Copa America, however they scored just one direct free-kick purpose.
“We wished to start out profitable, it was essential to get the victory,” Messi mentioned. “We performed towards a really troublesome opponent and now we’ll do it towards Uruguay, one other very troublesome and even sport.
“They’re two very robust video games to start out the cup, that’s why we wished to start out profitable in the present day.”
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Chile goalkeeper Bravo added: “[Messi] has a punch that not everybody has, a special precision than the remaining.
“Within the [World Cup] qualifiers it was my flip to return out victorious and in the present day I needed to undergo it, however soccer is like that and also you get pleasure from when you’ve got nice gamers on the opposite facet and who put troublesome challenges on you, in addition to my mission is to make issues troublesome to your opponent.
“I feel the important factor is that in the present day we compete very nicely and this fills us with enthusiasm for what lies forward.”