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Copa America verdict: Best and worst game, best goal, biggest surprise, more

Now that the 2016 Copa America has come to an end, we asked our writers to reflect on its highs and lows.

BEST GAME

Tim Vickery: I enjoyed Argentina's semifinal display in the 4-0 win vs. the U.S. and Chile's 7-0 quarterfinal rout of Mexico immensely; they were magnificent team performances. But in terms of a game involving two teams, I think I might have to go with Ecuador 2-2 Peru. The Peruvians started out like a train, with Ecuador straining to get back in it.

Jeff Carlisle: Argentina 2-1 Chile: This...

Argentina appeal Messi's three-month ban

Alejandro Moreno examines how Lionel Messi impacted the game during the final 30 minutes of Barcelona's scoreless draw against Dortmund.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi each have five Ballons d'Or, but does the Portugal star have an argument to deserving more?

The Argentina football federation has appealed a three-month ban CONMEBOL handed to Lionel Messi this past summer during Copa America.

AFA is seeking to have the ban reduced to two months so that Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni can have Messi available for friendlies in Europe against Germany on Oct. 9 and Ecuador on Oct. 13. As it stands now, Messi would only be able to return to action on Nov. 3. A decision is due by Oct. 3.

Messi was banned for three months from international matches and...

Jesus gets two-month Brazil ban for Copa antics

Gabriel Jesus defended teammate Neymar following claims Brazil no longer need him.
Gabriel Jesus said Lionel Messi was wrong to question the authorities following Argentina's semifinal defeat to Brazil in Copa America.

Striker Gabriel Jesus has been suspended from international matches with Brazil for two months because of bad behavior in the latest Copa America final.

The governing body of South American football, CONMEBOL, also announced Wednesday that it fined the 22-year-old Jesus $30,000 for actions it considers insulting and defamatory during Brazil's 3-1 win over Peru in the July 7 decider.

Jesus was sent off after a second yellow card at the 70-minute mark in the South American cup final.

The Manchester...

Messi suspended three months by CONMEBOL

Alejandro Moreno says CONMEBOL went easy on Lionel Messi's punishment for accusing the organization of being corrupt during Copa America.
Lionel Messi doesn't feel he should've seen red for the Gary Medel altercation and feels Argentina should've been in the Copa America final.
Gabriel Jesus said Lionel Messi was wrong to question the authorities following Argentina's semifinal defeat to Brazil in Copa America.
Alejandro Moreno believes Lionel Messi may have endeared himself to the Argentina fans, but was 'irresponsible' for his comments that could land him a ban by CONMEBOL.

Argentina's Lionel Messi was banned for three months from international matches and fined $50,000 on Friday after accusing South America's governing body for football of "corruption" during the Copa America.

Messi criticised the officiating and members of CONMEBOL last month following Argentina's semifinal loss to Brazil and after the third-place match against Chile but later apologised for his statements.

CONMEBOL has given Messi and the Argentine Football Association seven days to appeal the...