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Juan Foyth Sends Philippe Coutinho Back To Barcelona During Copa America

Juan Foyth Sends Philippe Coutinho Back To Barcelona During Copa America

Juan Foyth might have been knocked out Copa America last night but he still made a fool of Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Once again Argentina failed to win a major tournament as they were knocked out of the Copa America at the semi-final stage by fierce rivals, and hosts, Brazil.

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Whilst it was a bad night for Lionel Messi and co one of the team still managed to grab headlines for the right reasons with Spurs' defender Juan Foyth making a fool of Philippe Coutinho with a brilliant piece of skill.

Coutinho follows the player, not the ball, before Foyth returns to the ball to play on. Image: beIN Sports
Coutinho follows the player, not the ball, before Foyth returns to the ball to play on. Image: beIN Sports

Unfortunately for Foyth the moment came late in the game and there was nothing but bragging rights on offer for him for making the Barca man look a little silly.

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Brazil took the lead through Gabriel Jesus just before the 20 minute mark and another Premier League player, Roberto Firmino, made it 2-0 on 71 minutes.

It's the latest blow for Messi and his countrymen as they once again fail to make the impact expected of them at an international tournament.

They lost three international finals in a row between 2014 and 2016 and were then knocked out of the World Cup in the last 16 last year by eventual winners France.

Their Copa had already been rocky with a loss to Colombia and draw with Paraguay in the Group Stages and it came as no surprise that they lost to Brazil in the semi.

Following the match Messi blamed the referee, after Brazil's second came right after Argentina were denied a penalty by the ref, with the five time Ballon d'Or winner saying, "They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty they didn't award.

"The officiating was crazy. There were clear penalties, on Nicolas Otamendi, on Sergio Agüero.

"He [the referee] was on their side. In every divided ball or dispute, he inclined the pitch their way. It's not an excuse, but the truth is that, in this Copa, they kept on blowing for stupid things, for handballs, penalties. But today, they didn't even go to VAR when there were clear plays that should have been looked at."

At least Foyth will have something good to remember the tournament by, and that's the real quiz.

Topics: Football, Football News, south america, World Football, Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho, Lionel Messi, Premier League, Argentina, Copa America, Brazil, La Liga

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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