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Lionel Messi inspires Argentina vs. Paraguay and into Copa America final

Argentina captain Lionel Messi was delighted with his side's display as they destroyed Paraguay 6-1 to advance to the Copa America final.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno reacts to Argentina's convincing 6-1 win over Paraguay, now advancing for their first Copa America final since 1993.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Argentina's complete performance against Paraguay, led by Angel Di Maria's two goals and assist.

CONCEPCION, Chile -- Lionel Messi has not scored from open play for Argentina in a competitive game in more than a year. That's 945 minutes, since his second goal against Nigeria back in the final group game of the World Cup.

What's more, if you include friendlies but discount the two goals he scored in a 7-0 pummeling of Hong Kong -- ranked 164 by FIFA -- in October of last year, then the streak is even longer, surpassing 1,200 minutes. That's more than 13 games, more than a third of a club season.

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Can Vargas use Copa America momentum to save his club career?

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down Chile's 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in the Copa America semifinals and now advance to the final for the first time since 1987.
Eduardo Vargas scored two goals against Peru to make him the top goal scorer of the Copa America.

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Sometimes you realize just how much home matters.

Eduardo Vargas' two goals against Peru on Monday carried him to the top of the Copa America scoring charts and Chile into Saturday's final.

After his second -- a vicious, swerving 35-yard smack that rose high and dipped low like an uber top-spin forehand in tennis before being swallowed up by the Peruvian goal -- Vargas spun away and sprinted in celebration, fists pumping.

Maybe his mind flashed back to a December day in 2011 in...

Peru v Paraguay: Preview

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Paraguay will go into the Copa America third-place play-off against Peru without the services of attackers Roque Santa Cruz and Derlis Gonzalez.

La Albirroja already face the challenge of lifting themselves from a 6-1 thrashing in their semi-final against Argentina and must now do so without two of their most potent threats.

Both players started the last-four clash but by half-an-hour the score was already 2-0 and the pair had been taken off injured.

Veteran striker Santa Cruz, 33, was first to go after...

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Neymar says Barcelona court woes didn't affect Copa America play

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop believes Brazil lack a self-identity without the likes of Neymar in the side, but also attributes the lack of experience to their poor performances.
Joan Laporta has thrown his hat into the ring to run for a second spell as president of FC Barcelona.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Neymar-less Brazil as Craig Burley does not feel half the players in the side would have made it into the squad years ago.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley has no issue with Neymar leaving Copa America earlier following his four-match ban and questions Dunga for his statements about Neymar.
Brazil striker Neymar says "it would kill him from the inside" if he stayed and trained with the rest of the squad at the Copa America, as he serves a four-match ban.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno believes Neymar deserves the four-match ban for head-butting Carlos Bacca.
Javier Mascherano spoke up about the sending off of Barcelona teammate Neymar following his red card against Colombia.

Barcelona star Neymar said play at Copa America was not in any way affected by a pending Barcelona case in Spain for tax evasion related to his transfer from Santos in 2013.

Neymar was dealt a four-match Copa America ban after he received yellow cards in two straight matches and was sent off in Brazil's 1-0 loss to Colombia. The ban ended his participation in the tournament.

The trial of Barcelona, club president Josep Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell for alleged tax evasion linked...