The Basilica of Our Lady of Luján in Argentina gave thanks to Our Lady after Argentina’s victory over Brazil in the Copa América football championship.
Taking to Twitter, the basilica said “with great joy and gratitude we salute” Selección de fútbol de Argentina [Argentina’s national football team] for their win. They added: “We give thanks to Our Lady of Luján.”
Argentina’s 1-0 win over hosts Brazil in the Copa America final took place on Sunday, July 11.
The victory in Rio de Janeiro ended Argentina’s 28-year wait for a major trophy and ended Brazil’s almost seven-year unbeaten home record.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said: “It’s a great title, especially for our people. The fans support the team unconditionally. I think they can identify with this team that never gives in.”
Man of the match and goal scorer Ángel Di María said: “We fell short so many times, we dreamt so much about this, fought so hard. Many people said we wouldn’t manage it, we were criticised a lot. But we kept knocking at the door and kept going until… we knocked it down and entered.”
Argentina’s last major tournament success was in 1993 in a 2-1 win over Mexico in the Copa final in Ecuador.