Angel Di Maria scored Argentina’s first goal in a 2–1 win over reigning Copa America champions Chile, getting a bit of payback for last year’s final. To celebrate his goal, Di Maria held up a T-shirt that read “Grandma, I will miss you a lot.”
The PSG winger’s grandmother, with whom he was extremely close, died the night before Argentina’s opening match of the tournament. And Angel certainly did her proud.
After the match, Di Maria couldn’t hold his emotions in any longer and wept while describing just how much she meant to him. It was a welcome bit of humanity in a tournament that’s felt rather soulless thus far.
Messi did not play, as he is still recovering from a back injury and proved surplus to requirements thanks to Di Maria’s fine performance in a difficult time.