Copa America: Brazil Beat Argentina To Advance To Finals

Brazil forwards Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino both scored the goals as Brazil beat arch-rivals Argentina 2-0 on Tuesday to qualify for the Copa America final.

Jesus opened the scoring after 19 minutes when he sidefooted in a low cross from Firmino.

Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi both came close to scoring as they struck the woodwork for Argentina, who have not beaten Brazil in a major competitive fixture since 2005.

A Firmino tap-in secured the win to set up a final against Peru or Chile.

Brazil’s win came at the same Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte where they were thumped 7-1 by Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals.

Hosts Brazil will play the winners of Wednesday second semifinal between champions Chile and Peru in Sunday’s final.

Defeat meant Barcelona great Messi’s hopes of landing a major international honour with Argentina became even more remote.

He will get another opportunity next year, though, with the fourth Copa America in the last five years, due to be played in Argentina and Colombia.

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