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Di Maria paid tribute to his grandmother last night.

Angel di Maria left in tears after Argentina's Copa Centenario win over Chile

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Angel di Maria was left in tears after his man of the match performance in Argentina's opening victory against Chile in the Copa Centenario.

The Albiceleste claimed a 2-1 victory against the reigning champions Chile, with Di Maria opening the scoring early on in the second half after being teed up by Ever Banega. 

The roles were then reversed when Di Maria played the Inter Milan midfielder through to score the second just eight minutes later. Jose Fuenzalida grabbed a late consolation for Chile in extra-time.

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The match in California proved to be an emotional one for the former Manchester United man, who recently lost his Grandmother.

After scoring, Di Maria ran to the bench and celebrated with a t-shirt which carried the message: "Grandma, I will miss you so much."

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After the game, during his post-match interview, the 28-year-old broke down in tears as he paid tribute to his Grandmother and his team-mates.

"I wanted to play, my grandmother was so proud that I played for the national team," he said. "I am so happy because I was able to score. It was for my grandmother and my family that are having a difficult time. In the morning when I knew what happened I knew that I would score today, and that happened, and it was for her.

He added: "The coach was afraid I was not going to play, but if I don’t play my grandma was going to get mad. I wanted to play, my grandmother was so proud that I played for the national team."

Before the game, Di Maria had also paid tribute to his lost relative with a touching image of the pair together on his Instagram page, which you can see below.

Next up for Argentina is a showdown against Panama on the 11th, before they take on Bolivia on June 15th. Talisman Lionel Messi was forced to sit out the game against Chile with a back injury, although he is in line to return for the Panama game. 

Tata Martino's side are the current favourites to win the tournament, which is being held in America in order to celebrate its 100th edition. Fierce rivals Brazil, who are also amongst the favourites to take the trophy on June 26, got their campaign up and running with a 0-0 draw against Ecuador on Sunday.

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