Lionel Messi hit out at “defilement and the refs” at the Copa America after he was brutally sent off as Argentina protected third spot with a 2-1 triumph over Chile here.
Football News: In a niggly and crabby match on Saturday, five-time Ballon d’Or champ Messi and Chile skipper Gary Medel were given their walking orders a short ways from half-time subsequent to tangling on the objective line. TV replays of the occurrence recommended Messi had done minimal wrong.
“Defilement and the arbitrators are keeping individuals from getting a charge out of the football and they’re destroying it a bit,” said the worldwide star. Messi had just been rankled by the refereeing during Argentina’s 2-0 semi-last misfortune against Brazil, guaranteeing the hosts were getting special treatment from South American football’s overseeing body CONMEBOL.
Saturday’s match will be most associated with the twofold sending-off and the scuffle it started. In what appeared a harmless conflict, a baffled Messi pushed Medel in the back as the middle back shepherded the ball out of play. An irate Medel reacted by chest-knocking Messi twice in an occurrence that likely justified close to a solitary yellow card for the Chilean. Inconceivably, Paraguayan official Mario Diaz de Vivar demonstrated the two chiefs the red card.
“Medel dependably goes as far as possible, yet it was certainly not a red card for both of us. He (the ref) could have counseled VAR,” said Messi. VAR was the issue in Argentina’s destruction by Brazil as Messi and his colleagues twice felt they ought to have had a punishment, just for Ecuadoran arbitrator Roddy Zambrano to wave away their cases as well as won’t counsel the video help.
“Brazil were the hosts and they’re dealing with a great deal in CONMEBOL nowadays, which makes it confounded” for every other person, Messi had stated, while condemning the official. That was something he believed he paid for in this match.
“I think the rejection was over what I said. My words had repercussions, however you should dependably be earnest,” he said after the triumph over Chile. “Before the match began he (the official) said he jumped at the chance to talk and trusted that we’d have a quiet match, yet at the primary episode he sent me off.”
Medel could have couple of contentions as he responded considerably more irately in the wake of seeing red while players from the two sides squared up to one another and the ref, who lost unlimited oversight of the circumstance. It took completely five minutes to quiet the circumstance and get Messi, who stayed estimated all through, and Medel to leave the field.
‘Weighted towards Brazil’
Messi, however, trained in on hosts and most outstanding opponents Brazil.
“I believe there’s no uncertainty that Brazil will be champions. The Copa is weighted towards Brazil and ideally VAR and the arbitrators will have nothing to take a gander at in the last and Peru can contend, in light of the fact that they have the group to do as such, in spite of the fact that it looks extreme to me,” he said.
In Sao Paulo, Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala scored the main half objectives that guaranteed triumph for Argentina. Messi had made the opening objective with an immediately taken free-kick on 12 minutes, choosing Aguero’s smart corner to corner keep running before the forward adjusted goalkeeper Gabriel Arias and passed the ball apathetically into the unfilled objective.
After ten minutes, Dybala multiplied the lead with a cool, dinked complete past the propelling Arias subsequent to taking a rich Giovani Lo Celso through ball in his walk. At that point, Chile had seen persuasive Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez limp off with hamstring damage.
After the rejections, Chile appeared in threat of losing their heads and Erick Pulgar was fortunate to get just a yellow card for a stamp on Leandro Paredes that looked a far more awful offense that either Messi’s or Medel’s.
Chile were given a life saver when Lo Celso was decreed to have cut down Charles Aranguiz on the edge of the punishment zone, with Arturo Vidal hammering home the punishment on 59 minutes. Aguero came nearest to scoring again however his chipped completion hit Arias in the head.