Emiliano Martinez was the hero for Argentina as he saved 3 times during a shootout to require his team into a Copa America final match-up with Brazil after Tuesday’s semi-final against Colombia finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Martinez, who tried to distract Colombia’s players within the shootout with a barrage of trash talk, saved from Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina, and Edwin Cardona.
Lionel Messi, Leandro Paredes, and Lautaro Martinez scored for Argentina as they booked a spot against the host nation in Saturday’s final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium. I’m speechless, said Argentine keeper Martinez. They took us to penalties and that’s an issue of luck, today it had been my turn for glory. each side had chances to win in an intense, end-to-end match punctuated by 46 fouls and 10 yellow cards.
Argentina is seeking to win their first major international title since lifting the Copa America in 1993 and once more Lionel Messi was the star man, notching up his fifth assist of the tournament to feature to his four goals.
Taking an outstanding pass from Giovani Lo Celso after six minutes, Messi rolled the ball to Lautaro Martinez to fireside home a coffee shot and provides Argentina the lead. Colombia found their feet soon after and hit the woodwork twice during a minute towards the top of the primary half when Wilmar Barrio’s deflected shot struck the post then Mina watched his header hit the bar from the resulting corner.
Their equalizer came on the hour mark when Luis Diaz finished from a decent angle to finish a surprise counterattack. Argentina is now unbeaten in 19 games, with their last loss coming to Brazil within the semi-final of the 2019 Copa America. They were also the last team to beat Brazil, in November 2019 when Messi got the sole goal of the sport during a friendly in Saudi Arabia . Since then Brazil, who beat Peru 1-0 on Monday to succeed in the ultimate, has won 12 and drawn one.