Argentina will face Brazil in the Copa America final after they beat Colombia 3-2 in a shootout on Tuesday following a 1-1 draw in their semi-final in Brasilia. Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez saved from Colombia’s Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina and Edwin Cardona whereas Lionel Messi, Leandro Paredes and Lautaro Martinez all scored from the spot to place Argentina via to the title decider.
Argentina had taken the lead after six minutes via Martinez however Luis Diaz equalised for Colombia after the hour. Argentina will face hosts Brazil in Saturday’s final on the Maracana after the reigning champions beat Peru 1-0 in Monday’s first semi-final.
For Argentina, Sunday’s title conflict in opposition to bitter rivals Brazil would be the twenty ninth final. They final gained the continental title in 1993, and misplaced the finals in 2004, 2007, 2015 and 2016. They had additionally completed third final time period, after dropping to Brazil in the semis.
During this era, on the worldwide stage, Argentina got here near successful the World Cup in Brazil. But a Mario Gotze further time aim ended their desires in 2014 final. Now, Brazil presents Albiceleste with one other likelihood to redeem themselves.
Colombia had been bidding to succeed in their first Copa America final after failing in their six earlier semifinals in a impartial venue. They solely reached the final taking part in at the very least one sport at residence (1975 and 2001). And they regarded a motivated lot.
The 14-time champions took the early lead courtesy of a nice strike from Martinez (seventh minute) after Giovanni Lo Celso linked up with Lionel Messi, who arrange the Inter Milan ahead. It was adopted by probabilities from both facet.
Argentina got here near doubling their lead when Nicolas Gonzalez picked up a header from Lionel Messi’s corner-kick. But he was denied by David Ospina from shut vary.
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