CM – Argentina defeated Colombia and reached the Copa America final against Brazil

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Argentina defender Martinez saved three penalties on penalties after a painful 1-1 draw in Brasilia.
Host Brazil beat Peru 1-0 in the first semi-final on Monday, which means that their star striker Neymar will face Lionel Messi’s Argentina on Saturday.

Two years ago, a Brazilian team that missed the injured Neymar hit Argentina in the semi-finals before they won their ninth Copa title in their own country.

Time is running out for the 34-year-old Messi to win his first major international title with his national team after having previously won three Copa Finals and in the 2014 World Cup final.

For once, he was not the main hero of his country, but scored the opening goal for Lautaro Martinez in the seventh minute before Luis Diaz equalized shortly after an hour.

On penalties, goalkeeper Martinez fell three times to the left to save the penalties of center-backs Davinson Sanchez and Yerry Mina and midfielder Edwin Cardona.

And despite Rodrigo De Paul his penalty Shot for Argentina, Messi – who ended with visible blood from his left ankle – was among the goalscorers who gave them a 3-2 win on penalties.
Quick start in Argentina

Messi brought up some early magic to beat three players and cross Martinez to miss the goal.

Colombia ignored the warning and after seven minutes Giovanni Lo Celso found Messi in the box with the little star holding the giant Mina went and selected Martinez to shoot into the far corner.

Colombia would have hit back almost immediately, but goalkeeper Martinez was quick to parry Juan Cuadrado’s low shot.

After Argentina’s quick start, Colombia began to dominate and Cuadrado sent a free kick just over the bar.
The cafeteros increased the pressure and hit the wood twice in quick succession.
After Wilmar Barrios deflected a half-volley shot from Lo Celso’s hand and hit the post, Mina headed the resulting corner to the crossbar.

But Argentina was only a stone’s throw from doubling their lead at halftime when Nicolas Gonzalez hit one Headed in from a Messi corner while Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina somehow shot the ball over the bar.
Influence of Di Maria

Colombia remained the better team after the break, Duvan Zapata had blocked a shot and substitute Miguel Borja missed.

In the 61st minute, however, the deserved equalizer was achieved when Cardona shot a quick free kick from their own half and Diaz stormed off to fend off the German Pezzella and give Martinez a clever close.
Argentina brought in Angel Di Maria for Gonzalez and the tricky winger immediately brought more urgency to his side’s attack.

But Di Maria and Martinez managed to get a glorious chance to put Argentina back into the lead.
Daniel Munoz’s stubborn back pass brought Di Maria towards the goal. He dribbled around Ospina and demonized Martinez, whose shot was blocked by Barrios on the line before Di Maria overtook the rebound.

Di Maria then played into Messi, who ricocheted a shot off the post before De Paul succeeded Sanchez was knocked down.

Messi shot a late free kick into the wall, but after 90 minutes Martinez was the center of attention.

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