BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — It is going to be Lionel Messi’s Argentina in opposition to Neymar’s Brazil within the Copa America ultimate on Saturday on the historic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Argentina gained its semifinal in opposition to Colombia 3-2 on penalties after three saves by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. Common time ended 1-1 on the Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia on Tuesday.
“Emi is a phenomenon. We trusted him,” Messi stated after the match. “It was an goal to play all of the matches and now we’ll attempt to win this ultimate.”
Argentina hasn’t captured a serious title since 1993 when it gained Copa America. On that event, the workforce eradicated Colombia on penalties 6-5 within the semifinal after a goalless draw.
Brazil beat Peru 1-0 on Monday to advance to the ultimate. The Selecao has by no means misplaced a Copa America ultimate at house and has gained 5 out of six matches up to now.
It took Argentina solely seven minutes to open the scoring. Rodrigo de Paul discovered Messi within the penalty field with a via go. The star earned his fifth help within the match with a go to Lautaro Martinez, who put the ball in the suitable nook previous Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina.
A extra aggressive Colombia, led by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, hit the bar and the publish within the second half earlier than it leveled within the 61st minute with Luis Diaz, who obtained the ball on the left of Argentina’s field shot nearly with no angle to beat Martinez.
Argentina reacted after 67 minutes when Ángel di María got here into the match, changing Nico González. The winger created a number of alternatives together with one within the eightieth minute that ended with Davinson Sanchez saving a end by Lautaro Martinez on the purpose line.
The final large alternative in common time got here with Messi hitting Ospina’s proper publish in 81st minute from brief vary.
Martinez saved the photographs taken by Sanchez, Yerry Mina and Edwin Cardona within the shootout. Messi transformed his alternative from the spot and was one of the joyous gamers within the celebrations. He seeks his first main title with Argentina in opposition to favorites Brazil.
Rodrigo de Paul missed his shot, however Leandro Paredes and Lautaro Martinez netted their possibilities for Argentina within the shootout. Cuadrado and Miguel Borja scored from the spot for Colombia.
In tears, Martinez stated after the match he wished to face the Brazilians within the ultimate within the Maracana Stadium.
“This can be a matter of luck, at the moment it was mine. Brazil is a good workforce, the favourite,” Martinez stated. “However we’ve got an amazing coach, we’ve got one of the best participant on the planet and we’ll attempt to win it,” he stated.
Colombia will play on Friday within the third-place playoff in opposition to Peru.
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