Today may be the day for monkeys to come off backs. One got off in Rio at the Maracana when Messi finally won a major trophy with his beloved Argentina. As expected this was no friendly match,crude fouls and ill temper the order of the night. Argentina employing that cross field pass from midfield in the first half to catch out the Brazil left full back. Argentina coach did his research on the weaknesses of Brazil.

Did Maria’s pace troubling the Selecao all night. Brazil predictably looked to Neymar for creativity and Richarlison for the goals. The Everton man is hardly the most prolific he normally plays off the big striker(Dominic Calvert Lewin). But he did make Martinez work in the second half and also had a goal chopped off for offside. Argentina’s Messi was well shackled by the likes of Marquinhos although many times theh had to foul him to control him. One goal was enough to give Albiceleste the victory. Brazil’s stage fright on home soil hasn’t dissipated 7 years on.