Messi and company exit Copa America after underwhelming outing
Messi and company exit Copa America after underwhelming outing
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Messi and company exit Copa America after underwhelming outing

Argentina crashed out of the Copa America tournament on Wednesday morning, after a 2-0 loss to hosts Brazil in Belo Horizonte. 

The team's captain, Lionel Messi accused match officials of favouring Brazil during the semifinal clash between the two sides,  particularly taking issue with a 'denied' penalty incident involving Sergio Aguero which he said distracted them.  

"They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty [to Aguero] they didn't award," Messi told reporters.

"They [the officials] had booked a lot of bullsh*t, but they didn't even check the VAR, that's incredible.

"That happened all over the game. At first glance of contact, they ruled in their [Brazil's] favour and this kind of bullsh*t distracted us from the game," he added. 

Goals from Roberto Firminho and Gabriel Jesus in either half were enough to hand the hosts a comfortable win, and will now face the winner between Peru and Chile in the finals. 

Messi will once again exit the tournament having had litle impact, despite playing alongside world-class talent including the Manchester City star. 

He admitted last week to this not being his best tournament so far but was pleased that they were still winning. 

"It's not my best Copa America, I'm not having the Copa America I was hoping of having, but the important thing is we are winning,"

Messi will have another chance of ending his silverware drought with Argentina at the 2020 Copa America, which they will jointly host with Colombia.

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