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Argentina Advances to Semifinals of Copa America, Defeats Ecuador 4-2 in Penalty Shootout Following 1-1 Draw

Argentina Advances to Copa America Semifinals After Penalty Shootout Victory

Defending champions Argentina secured a spot in the Copa America semifinals after a thrilling penalty shootout victory against Ecuador. The match ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time, with Argentina eventually emerging victorious 4-2 on penalties.

The tension was high as Lionel Messi missed Argentina’s first penalty kick, hitting the crossbar. However, goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez came to the rescue by saving Ecuador’s first two attempts. Nicolás Otamendi sealed the win with a successful penalty kick, beating Ecuador’s goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez.

Liisandro Martínez gave Argentina the lead in the 35th minute, but Kevin Rodríguez equalized for Ecuador in stoppage time. Enner Valencia had earlier missed a penalty kick for Ecuador in the 62nd minute.

Argentina, aiming for their third consecutive major title, will now face either Venezuela or Canada in the semifinals. The Albiceleste have reached the semifinals for the fifth consecutive time in the Copa America and are determined to secure a record Copa America championship.

Despite Messi’s initial penalty miss, Martínez’s heroics in the shootout, including saving kicks from Ángel Mena and Alan Minda, ultimately led Argentina to victory. The team’s strong performance in the penalty shootout, with goals from Julián Álvarez, Alexis Mac Allister, Gonzalo Montiel, and Otamendi, secured their place in the next round.

The Argentine fans were delighted to see Messi back on the field after missing the previous match due to injury. The superstar received a warm ovation from the crowd as he made his return.

This dramatic win sets the stage for an exciting semifinal clash for Argentina, as they continue their quest for Copa America glory.

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