On the weekend of 10 and 11 July 2021, three finals were taking place: the Copa America final between Neymar's Brazil and Lionnel Messi's Argentina, the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy and the Wimbledon final between Serbia's Djokovic and Berrettini of Italy.
In this article, Lucky7Bonus has decided to offer you a summary of all the matches of this weekend rich in finals.
The Copa America final: a first for Messi
It was the first final of this crazy weekend and it took place in Brazil and more precisely in the mythical Maracana stadium. On Sunday 11 July 2021, at 2am French time, Neymar's Brazil hosted Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, who has been unstoppable since the start of the competition.
It was a highly anticipated match, but it did not quite live up to its promise. The first quarter of the game was very choppy, with the teams failing to settle and making far too many mistakes on both sides.
After Rodrigo De Paul's through ball, Angel Di Maria, who had started on the edge of the box, managed to collect the ball and run at the Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson. The Paris Saint-Germain player coolly lobbed the Brazilian goalkeeper and opened the scoring for Argentina in the 22nd minute. The Brazilians, buoyed by a thunderous Neymar, were much more dominant, but were unable to trouble the Albiceleste defence.
At half-time, Lionel Messi's teammates returned to the dressing room with a score of 1-0.
The start of the second half was not the same as the first. The Brazilians got the better of Argentina and Richarlison was rewarded in the 53rd minute with an equaliser. However, the Everton striker's joy was short-lived as the goal was ruled out for offside. Seconds later, the Brazilian striker lost his duel with Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who made a great save from the Premier League striker's shot.
As the minutes ticked by, the match became more and more balanced. Argentina managed to string together a few passes and even came close to taking the lead with two minutes to go. On the counter-attack, Lionel Messi played a one-two with his midfielder Rodrigo De Paul. The Udinese player was perfectly placed to meet the Brazilian goalkeeper, but missed the ball completely. It was a huge miss, but it didn't affect the final victory. Brazil pushed forward, but failed to create any clear-cut chances, and when they did, the Argentinian goalkeeper kept them out.
After 5 minutes of additional time, the referee of the match releases the Argentinians and whistles the end of the match (1-0 for the Argentine). As a symbol, all the players rush into the arms of Lionel Messi, kneeling on the ground.
With this 1-0 victory against Brazil in the final of the Copa America, Lionel Messi managed to win his first international with his native country. A first international line in his palmares that allows him to sit a little more at the table of the best players in the history of football.
Wimbledon final: Djokovic a little more in the legend!
After two weeks of competition, Wimbledon closed its doors today with the men's final between Novak Djokovic and Italy's Matteo Berrettini. The first set of the match was very competitive. The first few minutes of the match are largely in Novak Djokovic's favour. The Serbian player is efficient in his game and faces an Italian who makes a lot of mistakes, so much so that the world number 1 finds himself leading 5-2 in the set. However, Metteo Berrettini gradually regained his game and came back into the match perfectly, as he pushed Djokovic, who could no longer respond to the Italian's assaults (6-6). After more than an hour of play, the two players had to settle in a tiebreak. The Italian outplayed Djokovic in the tiebreak and won the first set 7-6.
But the Italian didn't give up and, like in the first set, it took him several minutes to get back into the match. Even though he managed to get back to within 5-4, Novak Djokovic secured his service game and levelled the match at 1-1.
The sets follow each other... and don't look alike. In this third set, the two players give each other a run for their money. Novak Djokovic hit some masterful shots while Matteo Berrettini kept on winning serves. But unfortunately for the world number 9, Novak Djokovic managed to steal his service game early on in the set and never managed to get it back. The Serb's only break in this set allowed him to win 6-4 and take the lead 2 sets to 1.
Will the fourth set go to the Italian or the Serb? After a 3-3 start, Novak Djokovic breaks on his opponent's serve to take a 4-3 lead. In great shape, Novak manages to confirm his break and is now only one game away from winning Wimbledon (5-3). On his service game, Matteo Berrettini is heckled by the last French Open winner. After two match points, Berrettini breaks and sees Novak Djokovic break again to win Wimbledon 3-1 (7-6/6-4/6-4/6-3).
The win gave Novak Djokovic not only his sixth Wimbledon title, but also his 20th Grand Slam title, tying him with two other tennis legends: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Euro 2020: Italy wins the final at the end of the suspense!
It was surely the most anticipated match of the day. In a packed stadium, England hosted Italy in the Euro 2020 final. Overexcited by the atmosphere, the English quickly took the lead in this match. On the edge of the box, Kieran Trippier receives a ball. The Englishman looks up, takes his time and sees his team-mate Luke Shaw all alone at the other end. His cross found the Manchester United left-back perfectly, who volleyed the ball past Gianluigi Donnarumma, who could do nothing. Two minutes into the game and England are already ahead.
Even if they started the game well, the English did not show anything more for 90 minutes. Indeed, Gareth Southgate's men literally "parked a bus" in front of their goal. The Italians had taken control of the match, but were unable to score at half-time. The English went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, we take the same players and start again. The Italians are more and more present and the English can't manage to link 3 passes together. The Italians are rewarded for their efforts. From a corner, Marco Verratti heads the ball, but Jordan Pickford makes a great save. Unfortunately for him, the ball fell to Leonardo Bonucci who just had to push the ball into the empty net (66'). The Italians continued to push forward until the end of the match, but they were unable to create any real chances. The referee blew his whistle and the match went on for another 30 minutes.
In this extra time, both teams are starting to be exhausted. The English were gradually getting their heads above water, without really worrying the Italian keeper. After half an hour of extra time, neither team can get the better of the other and we are heading for another penalty shoot-out in this Euro 2020.
A session that started very well for both teams as the first two shooters converted their penalties. Unfortunately for the Italians, the second taker Andrea Belotti missed his penalty kick, allowing England to take the lead as Harry Maguire converted it.
This was the last penalty scored by the British. The three shooters who followed (Rashford, Sancho and Saka) missed their attempts. For Italy, Bonucci and Bernardeschi managed to score. Jorginho had the ball at his feet but the English goalkeeper saved his shot. The Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka then had the equaliser between his feet. The left-footed player took off, but saw his shot saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, who went to the right side of the goal. The Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper's winning save gave the Italians a 3-2 win on penalties at Euro 2020.
Although they did not even qualify for the last World Cup, the Italians managed to win a well-deserved trophy over the whole competition. Roberto Mancini's men won the trophy for the second time in history, 52 years after they won their first Euro.
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