• The blue and white team defeats Colombia on penalties (3-2) after drawing a goal during the 90 minutes
• Argentina has not reached the final stage of the contest for 28 years and will dispute it with its historic rival
With Leo Messi and his bloody ankle and a huge Emiliano Martinez In the goal by stopping three shots from 12 steps, Argentina eliminated Colombia in the definition by penalties (3-2). He will play the final of the Copa América with Brazil, the next Saturday. The most anticipated match, with the corresponding duel between Messi and his former teammate Neymar, has become reality. “We need to take a single step. We are going to give everything, despite our fatigue. We know what Brazil is, and what Ney is,” La Pulga said after the match in which he suffered the most blows throughout the tournament.
Argentina returns to a final after 28 years. He obtained his ticket with excessive suffering. The tie in a goal during the 90 minutes was more the result of his mistakes and Colombian tenacity. As has happened during the tournament, the team that directs Lionel scaloni He usually starts with a voracious energy that leads him to open the score early. This time it was up to Lautaro Martinez, at five minutes, after an assist from Messi. The Barcelona star had already left some touches of his genius before.
But from that moment on, the Argentines began to lose the initiative. Colombia took it ahead. It reached him with the arrogance to put the goalkeeper Martínez in trouble on several occasions. It happens that the light blue and white team is far from being a homogeneous team. It decompensates very soon. What he generates offensively contrasts with his enormous difficulty in containing rival advances and contesting the balls. Luis Diaz it wreaked havoc on the left sector. It was a real nightmare for Nahuel Molina. Scaloni put Gonzalo Montiel in his place and the same thing happened. Argentina does not have a right back that offers security. The big question that the media was asking after qualifying was related to possible strategies to contain the PSG star.
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“We knew it was going to be a tough match, and that they were going to come with everything “, recognized Messi. The Colombian waterspout found its prize at 16 minutes at the feet of Díaz. Only then did Argentina react. The late appearance in the field of Angel Di Maria. Leo regained prominence and had to be systematically knocked down. Frank Fabra he lashed out at the captain viciously. The Venezuelan referee Jesus ValenzuelThe violent actions were very permissive. Despite being admonished, Fabra had the courage to ask Messi for the jacket as a souvenir.
The Argentine team was very close to getting back up on the scoreboard. A shot from Messi shook the tree. Martinez then missed a goal in an unusual way for a gunner in his class.
The definition by penalties
Then the penalties came and there was Martínez the star character of a drama that could have been avoided. It contained attempts to Sánchez, Mina and Cardona with a rare dose of theatricality. “You are nervous“He said to one of the Colombians. He treated another as a” cagón “. When the game ended, the teammates jumped on him.”We came to Brazil for a dream. What better than to play a final with Brazil, “he said, and acknowledged that, this time, the penalty shootout sang the numbers Argentina needed.” It’s a matter of luck. Today it was my turn to be the hero “.
Messi, who scored his penalty, also admitted that the definitions from the 12 steps have “some lottery“La Pulga stressed however the role played by the goalkeeper.” It is a phenomenon.
The most anticipated final
The best player in the world shone again, despite the attacks of the rival. “I don’t think this is my best tournament. I always give everything for the selected one. What I want most is to win something with Argentina. I really enjoy this group and I always try to give everything so that we can lift the Cup. We have played several finals. “
It will be the first, at the national level, that Messi plays against Brazil and Neymar. The sports diary Ole He recalled that there is a precedent at the club level that favors Leo: the 2011 final at the Yokohama International Stadium between Barcelona and Santos for the Club World Cup in Japan. Those of Pep Guardiola came from obtaining the Champions League against Manchester United. Santos had won the Copa Libertadores but fell to Barcelona 4-0 with Messi in a state of grace. Will the same happen next Saturday?
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.