Argentina secured third place on the Copa America with a 2-1 victory over Chile in an eventful comfort playoff that noticed Lionel Messi despatched off for simply the second time in his profession.
Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala fired the 1993 Copa winners to an early lead, however Messi’s purple card stole the headlines after a conflict with Chile defender Gary Medel simply earlier than half-time.
With Argentina up 2-0, Messi put in a tough problem on Medel who was shepherding the ball out of play. The 2 gamers then aggressively bumped chests quite a lot of instances earlier than the match referee intervened and instantly flashed reds for each.
The expulsion marked the primary time the Barcelona ahead had been despatched off in a senior recreation for membership or nation since his debut with the nationwide workforce in 2005.
The defending champs may get no nearer, nonetheless, as Argentina held out for the win in Sao Paulo.