Argentina and Messi are in the semi-finals due to a huge drawing

Argentina and Messi are in the semi-finals due to a huge drawing
Argentina and Messi are in the semi-finals due to a huge drawing

If the game doesn’t flow and his genius doesn’t rescue him, the world champion knows that another superhero can save him. That’s where Emiliano Martinezas in Coops America of Brazil and in the Qatar World Cupnow in USA. So, keep it Argentina in the match in regulation time with saves as punctual as they were crucial. Also with that immense presence that diminishes the rivals when it comes time for penalties…

It happens that Ecuador ties the game in the 91st minute Argentina. It happens that at the beginning of the penalties Messi He misses the first shot: he hits the crossbar. What could knock anyone down is not a problem for the world champion. Then comes Back and stops it Angel Mena. And in the next one that they kick him, with one hand, shockingly, he deflects the shot Allan Mind. And the remaining Argentine kickers are on target.

Thus, with just enough, without convincing and without deserving it, Argentina left on the road to Ecuador and parked in the semifinals. Messi He was a starter and completed the match in Houstonbut it was clear that he was not physically fit. That his right adductor limited him. He was not fit to play. Perhaps his best action was the corner kicked with just enough force, to the first post, so that Alexis Mac Allister I would comb it and for what Lisandro Martinez With another header he would shout the 1-0.


Argentina 1 (4)-Ecuador 1 (2)

Argentina: Emiliano Martinez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Lisandro Martinez (Nicolas Otamendi, m.78), Nicolas Tagliafico; Leo Messi, Lautaro Martinez (Julian Alvarez, m.65).

Selector: Lionel Scaloni.

Ecuador: Alexander Dominguez; Precious Angel, Felix Torres, Willian Pacho, Piero Hincapie; Carlos Gruezo (Yeboah, m.80), Alan Franco (Jordy Caicedo, m.87); Kendry Paez (Alan Minda, m.76), Moses Caicedo, Jeremy Sarmiento (Kevin Rodriguez, m.76); Enner Valencia (Husband, m.80).

Selector: Felix Sanchez Bas.

Goals: 1-0, m.36: Lisandro Martinez. 1-1, m.91: Kevin Rodriguez.

Penalty shootout: 0-0: Messi to the wide. 0-0: Mine and for Dive. 1-0: Julian Alvarez. 1-0: Alan Minda, cover Dibu. 2-0: Mac Allister. 2-1: Yeboah. 3-1: Montiel. 3-2: Jordy Caicedo. 4-2: Outstanding.

Referee: Andrés Matonte (Uruguay). He cautioned Ecuadorians Enner Valencia, Moisés Preciado and Argentina’s Tagliafico.

Incidences: Quarter-final match of the 2024 Copa América played at the NRG Stadium in Houston before 69,456 spectators.

There, in the play with the ball stopped, was another merit of Argentina. What he could not achieve by playing from below, he achieved from above. Thus he took the lead when he did not deserve it, after Back cover two one-on-one: first, an awkward shot from Caicedo and then, with one foot, as in the Qatar final, he saved from Sarmiento.

The world champions never really managed to establish themselves. They struggled immensely to find consistency at the back and create danger up front. Ecuador He had a dream moment: a penalty, after a questionable handball by From Paul. But he wasted it End of Valencia: the shot hit a post. To what extent did the overwhelming presence of the Ecuadorian influence him? Back?

When it seemed that Ecuador It was diluted, the Spaniard guessed right Felix Sanchez Bas with the changes at the end. One admitted, Kevin Rodrigueztied the score with a header in the 91st minute. And another who came off the bench, Jordy Caicedoheaded just wide. Ecuador deserved more, but they went to penalties. There was a superhero ready to rescue Argentina and Messi.

Formation: 442 Copa America playing field

23Emiliano Martinez

Alexander Domínguez22

Angelo Preciado17

3Nicolás Tagliafico


Piero Hincapie3

20Alexis Mac Allister

13Christian Romero

Felix Torres2

25Lisandro Martinez



Willian Pacho6

7Rodrigo De Paul

10Lionel Messi

Moses Caicedo23


15Nicolas Gonzalez


1Franco Armani

Hernan Galindez1

12Geronimo Rulli

Moses Ramirez12

2Lucas Martinez Wednesday

Joel Ordonez4

Layan Loor7

6German Pezzella

Andres Hurtado24

8Marcos Acuna

Jackson Porozo25

Andres Micolta26

5Leandro Paredes

Jose Cifuentes5

11Angel Di Maria

14Exequiel Palacios

18Guido Rodriguez

Joao Ortiz18

21Valentin Carboni

Janner Corozo20

Kevin Rodriguez11



17Alejandro Garnacho

Lionel Scaloni

Felix Sanchez

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