Argentina to the Copa America final .. Messi’s chance to break the “knot”
Argentina will play Brazil in the Copa America final after beating Colombia 3-2 on penalties and following a 1-1 draw in regular time in Brasilia on Tuesday evening. Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez saved 3 penalties from Colombia players Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina and Edwin Cardona. Lionel Messi, Leandro Paredes and Lautaro Martinez scored to qualify Argentina. Striker Lautaro Martinez scored the first goal for Argentina after 7 minutes, taking advantage of a pass from captain Messi. But Luis Diaz equalized after an hour of play after a shot from a difficult angle, and the two teams resorted to penalty kicks after normal time. Argentina will play in the final with rivals Brazil, the defending champion and hosts, on Saturday evening. Brazil beat Peru 1-0 in the first semi-final match on Monday evening. Argentina has the opportunity to win a new title to end the lean years by achieving a title absent since 1993. Since the 1993 Copa America, Argentina has lost the Copa America final on 4 occasions and the World Cup final against Germany in 2014 on Brazilian soil. Messi also reached his fifth final with Argentina, and he did not win any of the previous finals, as he lost the 2007, 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals and the 2014 World Cup.