Lionel Messi finally did it. At the age of 34, the soccer legend won his first major trophy with Argentina, winning the 2021 Copa America against his countrys archrivals Brazil and on their home turf. The conquest also ended a 28-year drought without a Copa America for Argentina.
Its the 15th regional championship for Argentina, matching Uruguay for the most titles ever won. Highlights of the final follow below:
The 47th edition of the world’s longest-running international soccer tournament was originally scheduled for 2020 in Colombia and Argentina, but it was pushed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two weeks before kickoff it was also moved to Brazil, where four venues hosted all the matches: Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Cuiaba and Goiania.
Except for the final, the entire 2021 schedule was played behind closed doors without fans due to the pandemic. Local government officials only permitted 5,000 fans at Rio de Janeiros Maracana for the final, about half of the free tickets allotted to each team.
Copa America TV info in the USA
- TV channels: FOX, FS1, FS2
- Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN, Galavision
- Streams: fuboTV , FOX Sports app & TUDN.tv for authenticated subscribers
The FOX family of networks broadcast the month-long event in English, while Univisions networks provided Spanish-language coverage. Authenticated users were able to watch matches in the FOX Sports app and TUDN app.
All the Copa America matches were also available via stream in English and Spanish on fuboTV (free 7-day trial) .
Copa America 2021: Tournament Format
The 10 South American member nations started off with a group stage from which eight teams advanced to a single-elimination knockout phase that started at the quarterfinal stage.
Group Stage: The 10 teams were split up into two groups of five. After round-robin play, the top four finishers in each group advanced to the quarterfinals.
Knockout Stage: The single-elimination knockouts began with the quarterfinals and ran all the way to the final. The four teams qualifying from Group A faced the four teams advancing from Group B with respective top seeds facing the lowest seeds in the opposite group: 1A vs. 4B, 1B vs. 4A, 2A vs. 3B, 2B vs. 3A.
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