Argentina vs Brazil LIVE: Stream FREE, TV channel, kick-off time, teams for Copa America final – latest updates

ARGENTINA will be looking to take the Copa America trophy away from Brazil in their own backyard this evening – and Lionel Messi will be at the centre of their master plan.

Brazil have been brilliant throughout the tournament, but Messi will be hellbent on winning his first ever Copa title.

  • Start time: 1am GMT
  • TV/Live stream: BBC iPlayer
  • Argentina XI: Martinez; Montiel, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Messi, Di Maria, Lautaro
  • Brazil XI: Ederson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Silva, Lodi; Casemiro, Fred,Paqueta; Everton, Richarlison, Neymar

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    BRAZIL 0-0 ARGENTINA

    13 Brazil have been more energetic and dangerous on the pitch so far.

    Just now, Richarlison gets the ball inside the area and plays it to Neymar with a header but the PSG superstar fails to get a good shot while under pressure.

    Still, not what we would call a goalscoring opportunity

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    BRAZIL 0-0 ARGENTINA

    10 As mentioned below, this is the first and only Copa America match with fans.

    Around 5,000 of them have made it to the Maracana, with each team allowed up to 2,200 supporters.

    They are all required to wear facemasks and maintain social distancing at all times as South America has been heavily hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Well, doesn't look like the rules are being followed to a tee…

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    BRAZIL 0-0 ARGENTINA

    8 Both teams are sizing each other up in the first few minutes of the match.

    It seems like Argentina's midfield trio of Paredes, De Paul and Lo Celso is too high up on the pitch and gets lost in Brazil's effective marking.

    Tite also gets a lot of players on Messi looking to neutralise the legend's influence early on in the game

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    BRAZIL 0-0 ARGENTINA

    5 Brazil are pressing Argentina in the opening few minutes by keeping their lines high up on the pitch.

    Fred's yellow card serves an an indicator of what's to come as we expect an aggressive encounter between two bitter rivals

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    BRAZIL 0-0 ARGENTINA

    3 YELLOW CARD

    Woah, tensions are already picking up here at the Maracana!

    Fred becomes the first player to be booked already after a rouch tackle on Montiel.

    The Brazil star's studs hit the Argentine's shin there…

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    BRAZIL 0-0 ARGENTINA

    2 Another quick reminder:

    Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni seems to have opted for a 4-3-3 formation with five changes to the team that beat Colombia in the semi-finals.

    Emiliano Martinez starts in goal with Gonzalo Montiel, on for Nahuel Molina, at right-back and Marcos Acuna, who replaces Nicolas Tagliafico, on the other side, while Nicolas Otamendi and Cristian Romero, who takes German Pezzella's place, team up at centre-back.

    Rodrigo de Paul, Leandro Paredes, who comes on for Guido Rodriguez, and Giovani Lo Celso link up in midfield.

    Captain Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, on for Nicolas Gonzalez, and Lautaro Martinez lead the attack

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    BRAZIL 0-0 ARGENTINA

    1 Just a quick reminder:

    Brazil manager Tite seems to have opted for a 4-3-3 formation with an unchanged squad from the semi-final clash with Peru.

    Ederson starts in goal with Danilo at right-back and Renan Lodi on the other side, while Marquinhos and captain Thiago Silva link up at centre-back.

    Casemiro, Fred and Lucas Paqueta team up in midfield for this important clash.

    Everton, Richarlison and Neymar lead the attack

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    PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

    AND OFF WE GO IN RIO!!!!!!

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    HERE COME THE TEAMS!!!

    The historic Maracana Stadium is ready to host the Copa America final between bitter rivals Brazil and Argentina.

    Thiago Silva leads the hosts out to the pitch whereas the legendary Lionel Messi dons his country's armband.

    They are greeted from a small crowd in the stands consisted of "accredited guests", who have to wear face masks and keep a distance of two meters from each other.

    We're about to get the national anthems underway before paying tribute to those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 and those who continue to battle against the pandemic.

    Not long to go now…

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    CAN'T CHOOSE

    Argentina legend Lionel Messi and Brazil star Neymar have been named the two best players of the Copa America just before kick-off.

    Messi is the tournament's top scorer with a whopping four goals and five assists in six matches.

    Whereas the Argentine's former Barcelona team-mate has amassed two goals and three assists in five games.

    A statement from CONMEBOL read: "It is not possible to choose only one [best] player because this tournament has two of them"

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    COVID RULES BROKEN

    CONMEBOL claim guests attending the Copa America final brought false COVID-19 tests to the Maracana Stadium.

    That is according to AP, who quote a statement from the South American governing body about the detection of “a considerable amount of fraudulent PCR tests” brought by accredited guests.

    CONMEBOL said: “All guests will have to present a negative test from a laboratory to be able to attend.

    “There will be no exception. It is recommended that the printed test is available at all times so it can be verified and avoid setbacks."

    This comes after Rio de Janeiro city hall declared on Friday that 10 per cent of the 78,000-seat stadium's capacity would be filled for the final between Brazil and Argentina with no ticket sales.

    And so both the Selecao and Albiceleste were allowed 2,200 guests each, many of whom gathered outside the ticket offices for their accreditations and invitations with no regard for social distancing

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    ARGENTINA FORMATION

    Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni seems to have opted for a 4-3-3 formation with five changes to the team that beat Colombia in the semi-finals.

    Emiliano Martinez starts in goal with Gonzalo Montiel, on for Nahuel Molina, at right-back and Marcos Acuna, who replaces Nicolas Tagliafico, on the other side, while Nicolas Otamendi and Cristian Romero, who takes German Pezzella's place, team up at centre-back.

    Rodrigo de Paul, Leandro Paredes, who comes on for Guido Rodriguez, and Giovani Lo Celso link up in midfield.

    Captain Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, on for Nicolas Gonzalez, and Lautaro Martinez lead the attack

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    BRAZIL FORMATION

    Brazil manager Tite seems to have opted for a 4-3-3 formation with an unchanged squad from the semi-final clash with Peru.

    Ederson starts in goal with Danilo at right-back and Renan Lodi on the other side, while Marquinhos and captain Thiago Silva link up at centre-back.

    Casemiro, Fred and Lucas Paqueta team up in midfield for this important clash.

    Everton, Richarlison and Neymar lead the attack

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    COPA AMERICA CRISIS

    This year's Copa America is slowly coming to a close, which is something not many expected following some early trouble along the way.

    The tournament was originally scheduled to take place in Colombia and Argentina but plans changed due to social unrest and a surge of coronavirus cases respectively.

    CONMEBOL then shockingly decided to move the competition to Brazil, which has been stricken by both of the aforementioned issues.

    So far, over half a million people have died of COVID-19 in Brazil – the second highest tally in the world – and at the same time hundreds of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets demonstrating against the mishandling of the virus by controversial president Jair Bolsonaro.

    The Selecao looked like they would pull out of the tournament in protest as soon as they had completed their last two World Cup qualifiers.

    According to The Guardian, however, that didn't sit well with the president or the Brazilian football federation, who were reportedly ready to sack Tite and replace him with Bolsonaro supporter Renato Gaucho.

    But pressure from sponsors made the football federation place their confidence back on Tite – who's only lost four out of all 60 matches in charge of the Selecao, of which he has won 46 – whereas Bolsonaro stated he will not interfere.

    The players ultimately decided against a boycott and declared: "We are against organising the Copa America, but we will never say no to the Brazilian national team"

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    ARGENTINA BENCH

    1 Armani, 3 Tagliafico, 6 Pezzella, 9 Aguero, 12 Marchesin, 14 Palacios, 15 Gonzalez, 18 Rodriguez, 21 A. Correa, 24 Gomez, 25 L. Martinez, 26 Molina

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    BRAZIL BENCH

    1 Alisson, 6 Sandro, 11 Ribeiro, 12 Weverton, 13 Emerson, 14 Militao, 15 Fabinho, 18 Vinicius, 20 Firmino, 21 Barbosa, 22 Ortiz, 25 Luiz

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    ARGENTINA XI

    23 Martinez; 4 Montiel, 13 Romero, 19 Otamendi, Acuna; 7 De Paul, 5 Paredes, 20 Lo Celso; 10 Messi, 11 Di Maria, 22 Lautaro

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    BRAZIL XI

    23 Ederson; 2 Danilo, 4 Marquinhos, 3 Silva, 16 Lodi; 5 Casemiro, 8 Fred, 17 Paqueta; 19 Everton, 7 Richarlison, 10 Neymar

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    THE TEAM SHEETS ARE IN!!!

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    REMEMBER THE NEYM

    Unsurprisingly enough, Neymar has been Brazil's most important player throughout this year's Copa America.

    The Paris Saint-Germain superstar hasn't exactly been tearing it up in the goalscoring charts but he has still notched two goals and three assists in five matches.

    And the star forward has been so instrumental for the Selecao that he is after a very special record that would make him the national team's all-time top scorer.

    The 29-year-old only needs 10 more goals to overcome Brazil legend Pele's grand tally of 77 across all competitions

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    NO MESSI-NG AROUND

    Argentina captain Lionel Messi has reached yet another record in his illustrious career during his impressive performances at the Copa America.

    Messi became  the most capped player in Albiceleste history during the team's final match in the group stage against Bolivia.

    The legendary forward overcame former Barcelona team-mate Javier Mascherano and notched his 148th international appearance for his country.

    Reminding you all that the 34-year-old is also Argentina's record goalscorer with 76 goals across all competitions.

    Messi gives Lionel Scaloni's side a lot of hope of winning the title this year – which would be his first ever international trophy – as he is also the tournament's top scorer with four goals, tied with Colombia's Luis Diaz, and five assists in six matches

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    BRAZIL STATS

    Brazil have been enjoying a brilliant run as they haven’t lost a single match since November 2019 when they were beaten by tonight's rivals Argentina 1-0 in an international friendly.

    Since then, the Selecao have won 12 of their next 13 matches across all competitions and are gunning for their 10th Copa America title.

    Tite’s men have also scored a staggering 31 goals along the way whereas the stunning goalkeeping duo of Alisson and Ederson have conceded a mere four between them.

    Brazil are also first in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table with a perfect record of six wins out of six games.

    The Brazilians topped Group B after winning three of their four matches and then eliminated Chile as well as Peru from the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

    Their win over the Peruvians on Tuesday marked the seventh time they make it to the final in their last 11 attempts

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    ARGENTINA STATS

    Argentina have been extremely impressive in this year's Copa America as they are undefeated and won three of their four matches in the group stage, which earned them qualification to the quarter-finals.

    A decisive win over Ecuador in the knockouts sent the Albiceleste through to the semi-finals where they beat Colombia on penalties, following a 1-1 draw, when Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez denied Yerry Mina, Davinson Sanchez and Edwin Cardona's spot-kicks.

    Lionel Scaloni's men should be feeling confident as they haven't lost a single match across all competitions since their 2-0 defeat to tonight's rivals Brazil in July 2019 during the Copa America final four.

    Since then, Lionel Messi and co have been on a tear as they have won a total of 12 out of all their 19 games across all competitions.

    If Argentina win tonight then that will mark their 15th Copa America title, their first since 1993, and will equal Uruguay's record

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    HEAD-TO-HEAD

    Argentina and Brazil's first ever encounter took place way back in 1914 during a friendly match that the former won comfortably with a score of 3-0.

    Since then, the two rival nations have faced off a total of 105 times with the Selecao winning a majority of 44 matches, compared to the Argentines' 39 victories across all competitions.

    The two sides have proven to be quite evenly-matched in their most recent encounters as the Albiceleste won four of their last 10 games, with Brazil emerging victorious five times along the way.

    But their last meeting took place two years ago when Argentina won 1-0 in a friendly match thanks to Lionel Messi's winner

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    GOOD EVENING FROM RIO

    Welcome to our live coverage of the Copa America final between bitter rivals Argentina and hosts Brazil at the Maracana.

    It is the game we have been waiting for since the esteemed South American competition kicked off as both teams have been absolutely dominating.

    The Selecao will be looking to win their second successive title in their own turf after their triumph in 2019 when they defeated Peru in the final.

    But manager Tite will have to do it without Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus, who is suspended after being booked with a red card for a dangerous high challenge against Chile in the quarter-finals.

    But the Brazilian boss has plenty of other options that could replace Jesus in attack, such as Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Everton's Richarlison.

    The frontline will definitely be led by Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar, who has been quite impressive in this year's Copa America.

    Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni, on the other hand, is not dealing with any injuries or suspensions heading to this historic derby.

    Albiceleste captain and legend Lionel Messi has shone bright in this year's tournament and is expected to lead the line with Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez, who has found the net in each of his last three games.

    Tottenham star Giovani Lo Celso is likely to continue his partnership with Rodrigo De Paul and Leandro Paredes in midfield

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