Lionel Messi Slammed ‘Bulls**t’ Refereeing Decisions Made In Argentina’s Copa América Defeat To Brazil

A dejected Lionel Messi has blasted the "bulls**t" refereeing decisions made in the Copa América as Argentina crashed out in the semi-finals to Brazil.

La Albiceleste went into the match as the underdogs against the host nation and lost 2-0 at the Mineirão.

And the Argentina captain, 32, went on an incredible rant about the poor decisions made in the match.

"They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty [to Sergio Agüero] they didn't award," he told reporters after the match.

"They [the officials] had booked a lot of bulls**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 bulls**t distracted us from the game.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"There is 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."

The Barcelona superstar had been critical of both his side's performance in the tournament and also the conditions of the pitches.

But not even Messi could do anything to stop Argentina from being knocked out of the tournament and missing out on major international silverware again.

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Credit: PA

Liverpool star Roberto Firmino set up Gabriel Jesus for the opener in the 19th minute, with the deafening sound from the Brazil fans showing how much this tournament means to them on home soil.

Argentina were unable to break the deadlock and continued to test an in-form Alisson over the course of the match.

Manchester City star Sergio Agüero came close to equalising when his looping header rattled the woodwork, while Messi's shot in the second half made a thundering noise as it bounced off the post.

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Credit: PA

But Lionel Scaloni's men had their fates sealed when Jesus set up Firmino to double Brazil's lead and send Argentina out of the tournament.

Tite's Brazil side will now travel to the Maracanã on Sunday for the Copa América final against the winner of Chile and Peru.

But Argentina will have to settle for a third-place playoff on Saturday at the Arena Corinthians.

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