Copa America: Lionel Messi inspires Argentina to set up Colombia semi-final

Last update on.From section Football Lionel Messi scored two goals and won a free kick to help Argentina beat Ecuador 3-0. This set up a Copa America semifinal against Colombia. After 41 minutes, Rodrigo de Paul received assistance from the forward at 34 years old. Lautaro Martinez was also assisted late in the game. After Piero Hincapie's foul on Angel di Maria, he gave him a free kick in injury time. After a goalless draw, Colombia defeated Uruguay 4-2 with penalties. Messi said, "I have always believed that individual prizes are secondary. We're here to do something else." His 76th goal for his country was Messi's. "We have a goal and we are focused on it." Messi is now a free agent following the expiration of his contract with Barcelona. However, he missed the goal and hit the post. He said, "It was a difficult match. We all know how hard an opponent can be. We've made another step forward. Colombia will face Argentina at 02:00 BST Wednesday, as they haven't won the Copa America tournament since 1993. David Ospina, an ex-Arsenal keeper, was Colombia's hero after saving penalties from Jose Maria Gimenez & Matias Vina during the penalty shootout. Ospina (32), was making his 112th international appearance and becoming the most-capped player in his country. Reinaldo Rueda, coach of Colombia, said that David has been a leader all his life. "He is very analytical when it comes penalty matters. This is a huge help to our team." Line-ups Match Stats Live Text Line-ups Argentina Formation 4-3-3 26 Molina 6 Pezzella 19. Otamendi 8. Acua 7 de Paul 5. Paredes 20 Lo Celso 10. Messi 22 Martnez 15. Gonzlez 23 Martnez 26 Molina 6 Pezzellas 19 Otamendi Booked in 45mins 8 Acua 7 de Paul 5 Paredes substituted for Rodrguez in 71' minutes 20 Lo Celso Substituted For Di Mara at 7:01' 10 Messi 22 Martnez substituted for Agero in 90+4' minutes 15 Gonzlez Booked in 66mins Substituted to Tagliafico in 83' minutes Substitutes: 1 Armani 3 Tagliafico 4 Montiel 9 Agero 11 Di Mara 12 Marchesn 14 Palacios 16 Correa 18 Rodrguez 21 Correa 24 Gmez 25 Martnez Ecuador Formation 4-3-2-3 1 Galindez 17 Preciado 3 Hincapie 7 Estupin21 Franco 10 Gruezo20 Mndez 15 Mena13 E Valencia 27 Palacios1 Galindez 17 Preciado booked at 20mins. Substituted by Campana at the 83' minutes 4 Arboleda 3 Hincapie booked at 90mins 7 Estupins Booked in 44 Minutes 21 Franco Booked at 31mins Caicedo substituted at 70' minutes Estrada Substituted with 10 Gruezo at 45' Minutes 20 Mndez 15 Mena 13 E Valencia 27 Palacios Substituted to Plata at 45' Minutes Substitutes 2 Torres 6 Noboa 8 Martnez 9 Campana 11 Estrada 12 Ortz 14 Arreaga 16 Pineida 19 Plata 22 Domnguez 23 Caicedo Referee for 28 Hurtado: Wilton Pereira Sapaio Match Stats Live text Post update Match ends in Argentina 3, Ecuador 0. Second Half, Full Time ends, Argentina 3, Ecuador 0. Post update. Attempt failed. ngel Mena (Ecuador), right footed shot from the outside of the box is close but misses to his left. Enner Valencia assisted. Post-update Attempt failed. Moiss Caicedo, Ecuador (right footed shot taken from outside the box but misses to right). Enner Valencia assisted. Substitution Substitution Argentina. Sergio Agero will replace Lautaro Martnez. Goal! Goal! Goal! Lionel Messi (Argentina), from a free kick with an left footed shot in the top right corner. Piero Hincapie (Ecuador), is disqualified. Post-update VAR Decision: No Penalty Argentina. Piero Hincapie (Ecuador): Post-update Foul Post update: ngel Di Mara (Argentina), wins a free kick during the attacking half. Goal! Goal! Goal! Argentina 2, Ecuador 0. Lautaro Martnez (Argentina), right footed shot, from the middle of the box to top right corner. Lionel Messi assisted. Post update: ngel Mena (Ecuador), wins a free kick at the defensive half. Post update Foul by Rodrigo de Paul, Argentina Substitution Substitution Ecuador. Leonardo Campana replaces ngelo Prciado. Substitution Substitution Argentina. Nicols Tagliafico takes over for Nicols Gonzlez. Corner, Ecuador. Emiliano Martnez resigned. Post-update: Attempt saved. Gonzalo Plata, Ecuador (left footed shot) from a difficult angle on right is saved in bottom right corner Assisted by ngelo Prciado. Post-update Attempt failed. Nicols Gonzlez (Argentina), right footed shot left from the box's left side. The shot is high and wide to his right. Marcos Acua assisted. Post update Guido Rodrguez, Argentina (Argentina), wins a free kick at the defensive half. Foul by Enner Valencia, Ecuador (post update). Page 1 of 7 Rewind Previous Navigate to Next Navigate To The Last Page Forward


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