How Lionel Messi helped inspire Argentina to 2-0 Copa America win over Canada

After the match, Jesse Marsch spoke about Argentina’s significant delay in returning to the field for the start of the second half: “When they were waiting, I knew that they were looking at video and they were analyzing how they wanted to play against us. Now, I wish again, the referees would manage that. If we were five minutes late, we’d get a fine. There’d be a big problem.

“Let’s see what happens with Argentina. I think they have to be fined. How late were they? You guys? 20 minutes? 30? I don’t know. It was a long time. But they had that time to prepare how they wanted to play against us in the second half, which if we would have known ahead of time that we could have an extra 10 minutes then we could have prepared some things more. But in the end, I just made sure that the players knew that they were going to come out with a new plan and they basically rotated a little bit more to three, but we still dealt with it.”

Marsch then joked with reporters in the press conference: “Argentina should be fined. OK? Fined. Write that. Olé. La Nacion,” Marsch said, a wide grin on his face. “They should be fined for coming out 20 minutes late for the second half.”

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