Lionel Messi recorded one of his distinctive free kicks in the first half, but Eduardo Vargas tied 1-1 for Chile in the first match of Copa América Group A in Rio de Janeiro.
At 33 minutes played at Estádio Nilton Santos, Messi stepped out of Claudio Bravo's net to curl a fantastic free kick into the corner. 25 yards. The breakthrough came after a strong start from Argentina, with strikers Lautaro Martínez and Nicolás González missing early opportunities.
Chile missed the injured Alexis Sánchez but recovered in the second half and won a penalty. Minutes were given to the second half by VAR. Arturo Vidal's shot was diverted to the crossbar by Emiliano Martínez, but Eduardo Vargas had the fastest reaction to return home with a rebound.
Argentina pressed for victory late in the match, but their opponents held firm on the defensive. Blackburn striker Ben Brereton, whose mother was born in Chile, came from the bench to make his international debut for La Roja.
“This match has gotten complicated for us,” a weary Messi later said. We needed to stay calm, stay in control and play faster. The penalty also changed the game.” The result extends Argentina's undefeated streak under coach Lionel Scaloni, even though four of Argentina's last five games have ended in draws.
On Monday, Paraguay will face Bolivia in the Group A match in Goiânia. Argentina's next match will be against Uruguay in Brazil on Saturday, while Chile will face Bolivia in Cuiabá on Friday.
On the other hand, the Brazilian Ministry of Health announced on Monday that
Players and delegation members tested positive for Covid-14 -nation tournament. The news came amid widespread criticism over Conmebol's decision to quickly move the tournament to Brazil.