Lionel Messi-led Argentina advances to Copa America final against Brazil

Argentina won the semifinal against Columbia 3-2 on penalties after three saves by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

The stage is set for Lionel Messi’s Argentina against Neymar’s Brazil in the Copa America final at the historic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janerio.

“Emi is a phenomenon. We trusted him,” Captain Messi said after the match. “It was an objective to play all the matches, and now we will try to win this final.”

Rodrigo de Paul scored the opening goal in the seventh minute. The goal was assisted by Leo Messi – his 5th in the competition. Argentina has scored 11 goals in the tournament, and Leo Messi has had nine goal contributions so far, scoring four and assisting 5.

“This is a matter of luck, and today it was mine. Brazil is a great team, the favourite,” Martinez said.

“But we have a great coach, we have the best player in the world, and we will try to win it,” he said.

Argentina last won a major honour in 1993.

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