Star forward Neymar set up Lucas Paqueta to score the only goal as hosts Brazil beat Peru 1-0 on Monday to qualify for the Copa America final. The semi-final was a repeat of the last final, two years ago, when a Brazil team shorn of
Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was the hero as Messi’s Argentina defeated Colombia on penalties on Tuesday to set up a dream Copa America final against Neymar’s Brazil. Argentina stopper Martinez saved three penalties in the shoot-out
Former Barcelona team-mates Lionel Messi and Neymar will line up opposite each other in Saturday’s Copa America final looking to end a hoodoo that has also affected some of their countries’ greatest players. Like Brazil’s Pele and Diego Maradona
After four losses in finals, early exits in major tournaments and even a decision to retire from the national team as the superstar celebrated a much-awaited title in the Maracana Stadium.
Messi, who was named the best player in the tournament, also saluted Maradona, who died at the age of 60, last November, noting that, "Diego was definitely supporting us wherever he was."