Lionel Messi accuses referee of Brazil bias after Copa América defeat

Lionel Messi accused the referee of bias after Argentina crashed out of the Copa América with a 2-0 semi-final loss to Brazil.

Messi declared to reporters: ”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.

“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 the first glance of contact, they ruled in their [Brazil’s] favour and this kind of bullsh*t distracted us from the game.

“There are no excuses for us, but we need to review this, analyse it and let’s hope CONMEBOL does something about it.

“I think we played a great game. We made a great effort and they were not superior to us.”

Argentina struck the woodwork twice, with Aguero heading onto the crossbar in the first 45 before Messi hit the post himself at 1-0.

Hosts Brazil are looking to win the tournament for the first time since 2007 when they beat Argentina in Venezuela.

Jesus scored his first goal from open play for the eight-time champions and the City front-man declared post-match that he was always confident he would find the back of the net.

“I felt I would score. I’m not saying that because I scored. Other times I didn’t say this,” said the 22-year-old claimed.

“I was very confident and I managed to score in a great team performance. Firmino set me up really well.

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