Why Messi Is Angry As Argentina Qualify For Copa America Semi-Final. Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has criticized the state of the pitches at the 2019 Copa America, as they qualified for the semi-final where they face hosts Brazil.
Goals from Lautaro Martinez and Giovani Lo Celso, saw the Albiceleste beat Venezuela 2-0 victory on Friday in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.
Messi has only one goal to his name so far, with a penalty against Paraguay in four matches so far in the tournament.
The Barcelona star has now taken a swipe at the Copa’s groundsmen.
“In truth, the pitches are shameful. It is hard to control the ball and carry it.
“The ball looked like a rabbit, it goes all over the place with this pitch. All we can do is adapt.
“The pitches are awful. That doesn’t help keep possession, you need a second longer, it bounces poorly, you cannot lead,” he told reporters after the game.