Argentina’s victory was a particular triumph for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who won his first ever title in a blue and white jersey after more than a decade of club and individual honors.
Di Maria only started the second time in the Copa and he justified his selection by scoring the first goal halfway through the first half.
Renan Lodi failed to cut a long ball in front of Rodrigo De Paul and Di Maria lobbed the failed Ederson with aplomb.
Brazil put the pressure on in an exciting second half, but even with five forwards on the pitch they couldn’t equalize against an Argentina defense protected by the excellent Rodrigo De Paul.
Messi finished top scorer in the tournament with four goals and was voted best player along with Neymar. But he remained silent throughout the game and missed a golden opportunity to end the game with two minutes to go.
At the final whistle, Argentinian television declared “Champions of Argentina, champion Lionel Messi! “
The victory was Argentina’s 15th Copa America triumph and means they are tied with Uruguay as the first ever winner.
Their victory extended their unbeaten streak to 20 under Lionel Scaloni and gave Brazil their first competitive loss since losing to Belgium in the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals.