For the second time this year, Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino knocked Lionel Messi out of a semi-final at a major tournament.
After Liverpool shocked Barcelona with a stunning comeback victory in the Champions League semi-final, Alisson and Firmino repeated the trick this summer.
Starring roles for Alisson and Firmino
Brazil knocked Argentina out of the Copa America at the semi-final stage with a 2-0 win. Roberto Firmino scored one and assisted the other while Alisson kept a clean sheet.
Firmino put the ball on a plate for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus in the first half. And Jesus returned the favour with 19 minutes remaining as Firmino had a simple tap-in.
Messi had the chance to equalise in the second half when Brazil only had a one-goal lead. He lined up a free-kick and was hoping for a repeat of his goal in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Alisson.
But the Liverpool stopper has since learned his lesson about Messi’s free-kicks. And his positioning was so good that he was able to catch the ball too.
Brazil will now play the winners of the Chile-Peru clash with Alisson and Firmino hoping to win more silverware. Here are some tweets from Liverpool fans discussing this.
Damn his positioning and agility made it look so easy. What a save.
— Humoud Al-Yassen (@Humoud_Yassen) July 3, 2019
Alisson is Messi Worst Nightmare
— Justin Cole (@Glenda_46103) July 3, 2019
— #LFC 🏆6️⃣ (@LFC___08) July 3, 2019
Now I heard someone was busy messi-ng around on the pitch during Brazil vs Argentina copa America match…
🙁i wish i knew the person
— O.Lawrence.B (@Lawrence_o_b) July 3, 2019
It was amazing that he stopped messi from winning the UCL and won it himself and now he’s gonna win the copa America the same way
— Manav Agarwal (@manavlfc) July 3, 2019
Lost to Firmino Liverpool, Lost to Firmino “again” Brazil 😂
— Laffing_Gor (@Laffing_Gor) July 3, 2019