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Copa America final Copa America Argentina  Lionel Messi tells Yerry Mina to dance

Copa America final Copa America Argentina Lionel Messi tells Yerry Mina to dance

Argentina beats Colombia to reach Copa America final – News … Wed, 07 Jul 2021 05:00:00 -0700-Lionel Messi mocked Yerry Mina, telling him to "Dance now," as Argentina beat Colombia on penalties to set up a Copa America final against Brazil.

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Copa America: Argentina’s Lionel Messi tells Yerry Mina to ‘dance now’ following shootout win

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A fired-up Lionel Messi mocked Yerry Mina, telling him to “Dance now,” as Argentina beat Colombia on penalties on Tuesday to set up a Copa America final against Brazil.

Everton defender Mina missed Colombia's third penalty as Argentina won 3-2 following a 1-1 draw in normal time in Brasilia.

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Mina is known for dancing after scoring goals and pulled out his trademark celebration in the quarterfinal after netting in the shootout win over Uruguay.

However, Mina's penalty was saved by Emiliano Martinez on Tuesday, with television footage cutting to Messi screaming “Dance now” at his former Barcelona teammate from the halfway line.

With the game played without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic, the footage also picked up Aston Villa goalkeeper Martinez's attempts to put off Mina in the build-up to the penalty.

“Look, the ball's not on the spot,” he told the referee as the centre-back stepped up to shoot.

He then shouted at Mina: “You're nervous, huh? I can tell you're nervous. I know where you're going to shoot. Watch and see how I'm going to eat you up. Remember, I'm going to eat you up.”

Luis Diaz's second-half goal cancelled out Lautaro Martinez's opener for Argentina and took the game to penalties, with no extra time in the Copa America except for in the final.

In the shootout, Martinez also saved from Davinson Sanchez and Edwin Cardona to help the Albiceleste progress to Saturday's final against Brazil at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

“It was a tough game, but we deserved to win,” Messi said. “We had to dig deep at times, but we have [Martinez] and he's a phenomenon. I'm really happy for him; he deserves it.”

Messi, who is a free agent after his Barcelona contract expired on June 30, has never won a major trophy with Argentina.

He won the U20 World Cup and the Olympic Games with the U23s, but has lost four finals with the senior side, including three in the Copa America.

“It's the final [against Brazil] that we were all hoping for,” Messi added. “It's going to be a very even game, a very tough game. We've achieved our main goal, which was to reach the final itself. Now we have to try and win it.”


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Copa America: Argentina's Lionel Messi tells Yerry Mina to 'dance … Wed, 07 Jul 2021 05:00:00 -0700-Martinez, who tried to distract Colombia's players in the shootout with a barrage of trash talk, saved from Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina and Edwin Cardona.

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Argentina beats Colombia to reach Copa America final

July 07, 2021

imageBuenos Aires: Emiliano Martinez was the hero for Argentina as he saved three times in a shootout to take his team into a Copa America final match-up with Brazil after Tuesday’s semi-final against Colombia finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Martinez, who tried to distract Colombia’s players in the shootout with a barrage of trash talk, saved from Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina and Edwin Cardona.

Lionel Messi, Leandro Paredes and Lautaro Martinez scored for Argentina as they booked a spot against the host nation in Saturday’s final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.

I’m speechless, said Argentine keeper Martinez. They took us to penalties and that’s a question of luck, today it was my turn for glory. Both sides had chances to win in an intense, end-to-end match punctuated by 46 fouls and 10 yellow cards.

Argentina are seeking to win their first major international title since lifting the Copa America in 1993 and once again Lionel Messi was the star man, notching up his fifth assist of the tournament to add to his four goals.

Taking a superb pass from Giovani Lo Celso after six minutes, Messi rolled the ball to Lautaro Martinez to fire home a low shot and give Argentina the lead.

Colombia found their feet soon after and hit the woodwork twice in a minute towards the end of the first half when Wilmar Barrio’s deflected shot struck the post and then Mina watched his header hit the bar from the resulting corner.

Their equaliser came on the hour mark when Luis Diaz finished from a tight angle to complete a surprise counter attack.

Argentina are now unbeaten in 19 games, with their last loss coming to Brazil in the semi-final of the 2019 Copa America. They were also the last team to beat Brazil, in November 2019 when Messi got the only goal of the game in a friendly in Saudi Arabia.

Since then Brazil, who beat Peru 1-0 on Monday to reach the final, have won 12 and drawn one.

imageBuenos Aires: Emiliano Martinez was the hero for Argentina as he saved three times in a shootout to take his team into a Copa America final match-up with Brazil after Tuesday’s semi-final against Colombia finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Martinez, who tried to distract Colombia’s players in the shootout with a barrage of trash talk, saved from Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina and Edwin Cardona.

Lionel Messi, Leandro Paredes and Lautaro Martinez scored for Argentina as they booked a spot against the host nation in Saturday’s final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.

I’m speechless, said Argentine keeper Martinez. They took us to penalties and that’s a question of luck, today it was my turn for glory. Both sides had chances to win in an intense, end-to-end match punctuated by 46 fouls and 10 yellow cards.

Argentina are seeking to win their first major international title since lifting the Copa America in 1993 and once again Lionel Messi was the star man, notching up his fifth assist of the tournament to add to his four goals.

Taking a superb pass from Giovani Lo Celso after six minutes, Messi rolled the ball to Lautaro Martinez to fire home a low shot and give Argentina the lead.

Colombia found their feet soon after and hit the woodwork twice in a minute towards the end of the first half when Wilmar Barrio’s deflected shot struck the post and then Mina watched his header hit the bar from the resulting corner.

Their equaliser came on the hour mark when Luis Diaz finished from a tight angle to complete a surprise counter attack.

Argentina are now unbeaten in 19 games, with their last loss coming to Brazil in the semi-final of the 2019 Copa America. They were also the last team to beat Brazil, in November 2019 when Messi got the only goal of the game in a friendly in Saudi Arabia.

Since then Brazil, who beat Peru 1-0 on Monday to reach the final, have won 12 and drawn one.


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– July 7, 2021

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