Brazil’s premature Copa America exit may have come in controversial circumstances but there will be plenty of Argentina fans claiming it is karma for crimes committed some 21 years ago.
The Selecao exited the competition at the group stage for the first time since 1987, despite smashing Haiti 7-1 earlier in the competition with a hat-trick from Liverpool’s Phillippe Coutinho.
That result ultimately proved in vain, however, after a 1-0 defeat to Peru that came in controversial circumstances.
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With just 15 minutes of the game remaining Peru’s Raul Ruidiaz appeared to turn the ball home with his hand, prompting mass protests from the Brazil players.
Referee Andres Cunha took his time to make the decision, consulting his assistants and speaking with the fourth official before awarding the goal.
And while Brazil can feel rightly aggrieved at the eventual decision to award the goal, Argentina fans may point to an incident that played out 21 years to the day previously.
With the two South American rivals meeting in what was the quarter-finals of the 1995 Copa America, Argentina led 2-1 and were on course to progress until controversy struck.
Collecting a lofted through pass on the left-hand side of the Argentina box, Brazil striker Tulio quite clearly controlled the ball with his left arm before firing home an equaliser for Brazil, nine minutes from time.
Brazil went on to win the game on penalties and though they were ultimately undone by Uruguay after another shootout in the final, it is a result that still rankles with fans of the Albiceleste.
With Lionel Messi leading the team safely through though, Argentina will be hoping to gain some small modicum of revenge and collect their first Copa America title since 1993 in the process.
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