Copa America 2021: Argentina get past Colombia on penalties to set up final against Brazil

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Emiliano Martinez saved three penalties as Argentina beat Colombia in a semi-final shootout to advance to Saturday’s Copa America final against Brazil.

The Aston Villa keeper denied Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina and Edwin Cardona from the spot after the game ended 1-1.

Lionel Messi set up Lautaro Martinez to put Argentina ahead before Luis Diaz levelled to send the game to penalties.

The final will be broadcast live on the BBC, with kick-off at 01:00 BST on Sunday, 11 July.

Messi, Lautaro Martinez and Leandro Paredes all scored their penalties in the shootout, but Emiliano Martinez was the hero as he produced a hat-trick of diving saves after being rarely troubled during the game.

The 28-year-old, who moved to English football with Arsenal and had loan spells at Rotherham, Oxford, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves, also earned a talking to from the referee for his ceaseless chat aimed at Colombia’s players as they lined up to take their kicks.

“They took us to penalties and that’s a question of luck, today it was my turn for glory,” he said. “I’m speechless.”

Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, who is looking to win his first senior trophy with Argentina, praised the Villa keeper for ensuring they “fulfilled our objective” of reaching the final.

“It was difficult at times,” Messi said. “But we have ‘Emi’ and he’s phenomenal. We trusted him.”

Argentina, who won the last of their 14 Copa America titles in 1993, face defending champions Brazil at the Maracana on Saturday.

Brazil, who have won the Copa America nine times – and on all five of the previous occasions they have hosted the tournament – beat Peru 1-0 in the other semi-final on Tuesday.

Line-upsArgentinaFormation 4-3-3

23Martínez

26Molina6Pezzella19Otamendi3Tagliafico

7de Paul18Rodríguez20Lo Celso

10Messi22Martínez15González

23Martínez26MolinaSubstituted forMontielat 45’minutesBooked at 72mins6PezzellaBooked at 90mins19Otamendi3Tagliafico7de Paul18RodríguezBooked at 87mins20Lo CelsoBooked at 21minsSubstituted forParedesat 56’minutes10Messi22Martínez15GonzálezSubstituted forDi Maríaat 67’minutesSubstitutes1Armani2Martínez Quarta4Montiel5Paredes8Acuña9Agüero11Di María14Palacios21Correa24Gómez25Martínez28MussoColombiaFormation 4-4-2

1Ospina

16Muñoz13Mina23D Sánchez6Tesillo

11Ju Cuadrado5Barrios8Cuéllar14Díaz

18Borré7Zapata

1Ospina16MuñozBooked at 75mins13Mina23D Sánchez6TesilloSubstituted forFabraat 45’minutesBooked at 55mins11Ju CuadradoBooked at 45mins5BarriosBooked at 88mins8CuéllarSubstituted forCharáat 45’minutes14Díaz18BorréSubstituted forCardonaat 45’minutesBooked at 86mins7ZapataSubstituted forBorjaat 60’minutesBooked at 63minsSubstitutes2Medina3Murillo4Cuesta9Muriel10Cardona12Vargas19Borja21Pérez22Quintana25Perlaza26Fabra28CharáLive TextMatch ends, Argentina 1(3), Colombia 1(2).

Penalty Shootout ends, Argentina 1(3), Colombia 1(2).

Penalty saved! Edwin Cardona (Colombia) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal! Argentina 1(3), Colombia 1(2). Lautaro Martínez (Argentina) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Goal! Argentina 1(2), Colombia 1(2). Miguel Borja (Colombia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Goal! Argentina 1(2), Colombia 1(1). Leandro Paredes (Argentina) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Yerry Mina (Colombia) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Rodrigo de Paul (Argentina) right footed shot is just a bit too high. Rodrigo de Paul should be disappointed.

Penalty saved! Davinson Sánchez (Colombia) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal! Argentina 1(1), Colombia 1(1). Lionel Messi (Argentina) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal! Argentina 1, Colombia 1(1). Juan Cuadrado (Colombia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Shootout begins Argentina 1, Colombia 1.

Second Half ends, Argentina 1, Colombia 1.

Foul by Guido Rodríguez (Argentina).

Luis Díaz (Colombia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Davinson Sánchez (Colombia).

Germán Pezzella (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Germán Pezzella (Argentina).

Luis Díaz (Colombia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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