Tag: Argentina

Chile wins Copa; Messi misses, says he’s quitting Argentina

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Lionel Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, grabbed his shirt, clenched his teeth and covered his face with both hands. A few minutes later he walked off the field, a dazed, pained look on his bearded face. The greatest player of his generation, perhaps soccer’s best ever, he was still without a title on Argentina’s national team — one he says may never come. “The national team is over for me,” he told the Argentine network TyC Sports after Chile beat the Albiceleste on Sunday night for the Copa America title. “It’s...

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Argentina and Netherlands face-off in the semifinals

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The World Cup’s best dribblers – Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben – face off when Argentina and Netherlands meet in the semifinals. In Brazil, Robben has been quick, Messi has been quicksilver. On Wednesday in Sao Paulo, either one could turn the semifinal with a dazzling turn of pace or a weaving run to propel his team to the final. “We have to cut the supply line to Messi,” Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi told Dutch website Nu.nl. The Barcelona star led Argentina through the group stage with four goals. He has also made...

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