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Copa América: Argentina defeats Colombia on penalties to reach final

Emiliano Martínez emerged because the hero of the shootout, saving three penalties with the sport ending 1-1 after further time.

Argentina took an early lead when Lionel Messi, bidding to win his first main worldwide competitors, arrange Lautaro Martínez to rating from contained in the Colombia field.

But Colombia equalized simply after the hour mark when Luis Díaz gathered a quickly-taken free kick and lifted a shot previous Martínez.

That was after each side had possibilities within the first half — Wilmar Barrios hitting the publish for Colombia and Yerry Mina hitting the bar from a nook, whereas Nicolás González was additionally denied by David Ospina on the different finish.

Martínez and Messi embrace after Argentina's win.

Argentina had a golden probability to seize a winner halfway by the second half when Ángel Di María rounded Ospina to arrange Martínez, just for the striker’s shot to be cleared off the road by Barrios.

In the shootout, Juan Cuadrado and Messi each scored the opening penalties earlier than Davinson Sánchez noticed his effort saved by Martínez and Rodrigo De Paul launched his over the bar.

Martínez, who made a degree of talking to the Colombian gamers as they ready to take their spot kicks, then saved Mina’s penalty.

Leandro Paredes netted his for Argentina and Miguel Borja responded by blasting his down the center of the purpose.

Argentina's players celebrate after the penalty shootout.

Goalscorer Martínez scored Argentina’s third from the spot, earlier than goalkeeper Martínez produced his third save of the shootout to deny Edwin Cardona and hand his aspect victory.

“The reality is I haven’t got the phrases,” said Martínez.

“We’ve been shut in for 40 days, we had been the one nationwide group that could not see anybody, we had been actually in our bubble by ourselves, with the coaches, workers, the cleaners, cooks and administrators.

“It’s the work of a bunch of 70 individuals who got here for a dream and we stated it since day one: we would like to play the final. And what higher than taking part in Brazil on their pitch.”

Argentina will now face Brazil in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium this weekend in a bid to win their first Copa América title since 1993, whereas Brazil — which beat Peru within the semifinals earlier this week — is aiming for its sixth title since 1997.

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