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Yes, Angel Di Maria’s first half goal was enough to see Argentina end its 28-year trophy drought having beaten Brazil 1-0 in the 2021 Copa America final at the Maracana Stadium.

But Lionel Messi would have Emiliano Martinez to thank for helping him to finally secure international trophy for the Albiceleste after back-to-back-to-back major failures at the big [international] stage.

The Aston Villa goalkeeper stood between Argentina and elimination in the semifinals against Colombia where he made brilliant saves in the penalty shootouts.

The heroics of Emiliano Martinez came in handy in the finals also as he made four big saves to deny Brazil from hitting the back of the net.

One subplot worth mentioning here, however, is that Lionel Messi was largely a tactical passenger in the game and that for the first time on an international duty, his supporting cast who have so often failed him on countless occasions saved him from what would have been a tenth embarrassment.

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