Two global soccer titans and eternal rivals will be vying for the title of best national team in South America at Saturday’s 2021 Copa America final in Rio de Janeiro.
Lionel Messi, 34, is seeking at long last to win his first trophy with Argentina’s senior national team. It would end a 28-year Copa America drought for the Albiceleste.
Meanwhile, Messi’s former Barcelona teammate and longtime Brazil star Neymar is seeking his first Copa America title after missing the 2019 edition because of injury. Brazil is the favorite in the final: It’s playing at home and has won every Copa America it has previously hosted.
The atmosphere at the Maracana should be made more lively by the presence of fans for the first time at the 2021 Copa America: about 5,000 will be in attendance (10 percent of the stadium capacity allowed by officials). Organizers split the free tickets evenly between the teams.
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Brazil vs. Argentina updates and highlights
13th min: First real threat and Neymar nearly gets a shot off, but Argentina’s Cuti Romero thwarts the chance. The hard challenges are flying and the complaining has begun.
11th min: It’s been stop-start in the opening 10 minutes. Cautious start by both teams. When Argentina attacks, they’re looking to go down the left side to start.
8th min: Messi has a “get your hands off me” vibe in this photo with his so-called friend:
3rd min: Already a yellow card! Brazil’s Fred gets cautioned for going studs up on Montiel, but it should be a red! No way the ref will show him a red card in the 3rd minute.
1st min: We’re a minute in and the Uruguayan referee already has words for Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni! This is going to be good.
7:56 p.m. ET: Anthems are done. Time for the game:
7:52 p.m. ET: Here’s what the crowd is looking like in the Maracana:
No será la Eurocopa y más estando como están las cosas en Brasil. Pero ver a público en la final de la Copa América, aunque sea así, es maravilloso. pic.twitter.com/m7pFMkrKlO
— Luis Calabor Núñez (@LuigiFT_) July 10, 2021
7:48 p.m. ET: With only 10 percent of the stadium open to fans, there should be plenty of seats for everyone. Not sure what the rush is:
7:42 p.m. ET: Argentina’s record against Brazil when Messi plays is not great:
11 – Lionel Messi has played 11 games against Brazil (W4 D1 L6), one of the defeats in the Copa América 2007 final. Messi has scored five goals against Brazil, his second highest tally against National Teams (alongside with Bolivia and Chile, behind Ecuador’s six). Motivation. pic.twitter.com/N1YoJFA1Ow
— OptaJoao (@OptaJoao) July 10, 2021
7:41 p.m. ET: Argentina in a 4-4-2? It was rumored in the Argentine press, but the official CONMEBOL roster confirms it:
7:39 p.m. ET: History doesn’t look good for Argentina against Brazil:
7:07 p.m. ET: Inside Brazil’s locker room before pregame warmups:
6:50 p.m. ET: Lionel Messi and Argentina are in the house at the Maracana.
Brazil vs. Argentina starting lineups
The starting lineups are out and while Brazil’s starting XI matches the projections, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni rang in the changes — five new starters compared to the semifinal lineup:
Starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 23-Ederson — 16-Renan Lodi, 3-Thiago Silva, 4-Marquinhos, 2-Danilo — 8-Fred, 5-Casemiro, 17-Lucas Paqueta — 7-Richarlison, 10-Neymar, 19-Everton
Available subs: 1-Alisson Becker-GK, 12-Weverton-GK, 6-Alex Sandro, 22-Leo Ortiz, 13-Emerson, 14-Eder Militao, 15-Fabio, 25-Douglas Luiz, 11-Everton Ribeiro, 20-Roberto Firmino, 21-Gabriel Barbosa, 18-Vinicius Jr.
Starting lineup (4-4-2, left to right): 23-Emiliano Martínez-GK — 8-Marcos Acuna, 19-Nicolas Otamendi, 13-Cristian Romero, 4-Gonzalo Montiel — 20-Giovani Lo Celso, 5-Leandro Paredes, 7-Rodrigo De Paul, 11-Angel Di Maria — 22-Lautaro Martínez, 10-Lionel Messi
Available subs: 1-Franco Armani-GK, 12-Agustin Marchesin-GK, 6-German Pezzella, 3-Nicolas Tagliafico, 26-Nahuel Molina, 18-Guido Rodriguez, 14-Exequiel Palacios, 15-Nicolas Gonzalez, 21-Angel Correa, 25-Lisandro Martinez, 9-Sergio Aguero, 24-Alejandro Papu Gomez
How to watch Brazil vs. Argentina
- Date: Saturday, July 10
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
- TV channel (USA): FS1
- Spanish-language TV (USA): Univision, TUDN
- TV channel (Canada): TSN4
- Streaming (USA): fuboTV (free 7-day trial); Fox Sports app | TUDN.tv for authenticated subscribers
- Streaming (Canada): TSN Direct
The 2021 Copa America final between South American giants Brazil and Argentina will be broadcast in the USA in English on FS1 and in Spanish on Univision and TUDN. Those networks are available to stream on fuboTV, which is available on a free 7-day trial. Authenticated subscribers only can stream the match on the Fox Sports app or TUDN.tv
TSN4 will carry the match in Canada and it will be streaming on TSN Direct.