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Copa America: Argentina held by Chile as CONMEBOL pays tribute to Diego Maradona

Tom Gott
Lionel Messi scored an excellent free-kick for Argentina
Lionel Messi scored an excellent free-kick for Argentina / Wagner Meier/Getty Images

Lionel Messi's Copa America campaign got off to a frustrating start on Monday as his Argentina side were held to a 1-1 draw with Chile.

Emotions were running high before the game as CONMEBOL organised a stunning tribute to the legendary Diego Maradona, who passed away in November at the age of 60. We saw a beautiful lights display and a holographic projection of Maradona doing kick-ups, before images of his most famous goals were projected on to the pitch.

It was a beautiful tribute, and Messi followed it up with his own moment of brilliance as he fired home a fantastic free-kick to give Argentina a deserved lead shortly after the half-hour mark.

Chile fought their way back into the game and saw the door opened by VAR, who spotted a foul on Inter midfielder Arturo Vidal in the box and awarded a penalty.

Vidal's effort was saved on to the crossbar by Emiliano Martinez, only for Eduardo Vargas to head home the rebound to earn Chile a valuable point.

The draw leaves Argentina and Chile trailing behind group leaders Paraguay, who picked up a 3-1 win over Bolivia in a hot-tempered affair which saw six yellow cards dished out, including two to forward Jaume Cuéllar, who was dismissed shortly after the break.

Over in Group B, Brazil enjoyed the perfect start to their tournament on Sunday as they roared to a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Venezuela.

The star of the show was undoubtedly PSG man Neymar, who was in dazzling form as he walked away with a goal and an assist for Gabriel Barbosa's late goal after club team-mate Marquinhos had given his side the lead earlier on.

Brazil were joined at the top of the group by Colombia, who picked up a 1-0 win over Ecuador with one of the most beautiful free-kick routines you're ever likely to see.

Some intricate one-touch passing gifted Edwin Cardona with acres of space in the box, and the Boca Juniors man made no mistake from close range.

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