The blue and white team defeated Ecuador 3-0. The Barcelona star gave two assists and scored the third goal
Argentina will face Colombia next Tuesday, which eliminated Uruguay in the penalty shootout
“You have to get excited“said the sports newspaper Ole from Buenos Aires after Argentina will go to the semifinals of the Copa América after beat Ecuador 3-0. He will dispute his pass to the final on Tuesday with Colombia, which eliminated Uruguay on penalties. Leo Messi He was a genius and a figure in the Goaina stadium: he assisted Rodrigo de Paul and Lautaro Martínez, authors of the first two goals, and then he had his, at the end of the game and with one of his specialties: the free kick.
The euphoria of the victors was, however, contained. Argentina national team suffered more than necessary. “The result is exaggerated in relation to development. Because during a good stretch of the match the Albiceleste team did not have a good time,” the newspaper said. The nation. There were moments in which the Ecuadorians caressed the tie, especially at the beginning of the second half. The Argentine coach, Lionel scaloni, he was right in the changes and with the presence of Guido Rodríguez and Ángel Di María on the field he was able to unbalance the situation favorably again.
“I think it was the game of this Cup in which we generated more chances to score, that speaks of what we did the game we should do. It is true that Ecuador also had theirs, we knew and we had said that they were a dangerous rival,” he said. Coach. Messi did nothing more than agree with those opinions: “it was a very tough gameWe knew about the difficulties, they are young and fast. It was fought until we found the goal. Then he got tangled up. The important thing is that we took one more step. We try to play, sometimes we can’t. The rival presses, the field does not help much. The important thing is that we carry the game forward. “
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A team with two faces
If there is something that Argentina does well, it is pressure the opponent near his own goal. In those minutes of aggressiveness, the blue and white team took the danger to goalkeeper Hernán Galíndez on several occasions. Martinez was twice close to opening the scoring. Then defender Germán Pezzella could do it. Messi had a very clear opportunity in the 22nd minute but the ball bounced off the left post. At the end of the first stage, the effort gave the expected result. Best of all enabled De Paul when Ecuadorians imagined he was going to shoot. The brand new addition of Atlético de Madrid opened the scoring.
If there is something in which Argentina falters, it is in continuity. It costs too much to maintain the advantage obtained. During several minutes of the complement, Ecuador passed her over. The initial virtues faded until Scaloni reordered the team with some delayed changes. After 2-0, the Ecuadorians practically lowered their arms. What followed was an Argentine festival that closed with a flourish on La Pulga’s left booty.
Messi asks for calm
The Barcelona star does not want to think about the final yet. “You have to go calmly and wait for Colombia. They defend very well and come out with great speed. “But the ten know that one of the main objectives of a team in formation like the Argentine has been fulfilled: to be among the four best in the tournament.” Now we have to rest to recover.
With his great goal, Messi has reached the 76 targets with the national team. It is only one entry away from Skin, who holds the record for goals with the shirt of his country. “individual awards are secondary. We’re here for something else, “Leo recalled.” We have to congratulate the group. We have a goal and we will fight for it. “
The captain does not want to generate false expectations: he wants to go step by step, as the press in Buenos Aires has pointed out. His performance in the Copa América is the food of the dreams of the champion of a country that has not celebrated since 1993. Scaloni also places his main hopes on Messi: “I think even the opponents enjoy it, we are talking about the best player of all time “.
Weeks ago, Argentina drew with Colombia for the South American qualifiers of the 2022 World Cup, after having led 2-0. David ospina prevented the victory of the Argentines in Barranquilla. This Saturday, the coffee goalkeeper dressed again as a hero by saving two penalties during the definition of the match against the Uruguayans, which had tied at zero.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.