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Argentina 1-1 Edges Past Ecuador in Penalty (4-2) Thriller to Reach Copa America Semis

by: EdwardB


The reigning Copa America champions, Argentina, secured their place in the semi-finals with a heart-stopping 4-2 penalty shootout victory over a resilient Ecuador side. After a tense 1-1 draw in regulation time, the match went down to the wire, with Argentina ultimately prevailing thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Emi Martínez.

First Half: Argentina Takes the Lead

Argentina started brightly, dominating possession and creating several chances. Their pressure paid off in the 35th minute when Lisandro Martínez rose highest to head home a pinpoint corner from Lionel Messi. The goal sparked jubilant celebrations amongst the Argentine fans, who sensed a comfortable victory was on the horizon.

Lisandro Martinez

Second Half: Ecuador Fights Back

Ecuador, however, refused to be cowed. They emerged from the break with renewed determination, pressing high and forcing Argentina into mistakes. In the dying moments of the game, their persistence paid off when substitute Kevin Rodríguez powered a header past Emiliano Martínez, sending the Ecuadorian fans into raptures.

The drama wasn’t over yet. Deep into stoppage time, Ecuador was awarded a penalty after a handball by Rodrigo De Paul. Captain Enner Valencia stepped up, but his powerful strike cannoned off the post, leaving the score level and setting the stage for a nerve-wracking penalty shootout.

Penalty Shootout: Martínez the Hero

With Argentina going first, Lionel Messi attempted a cheeky Panenka, but his effort sailed over the crossbar. The pressure was on, but Emi Martínez, the hero of Argentina’s World Cup final shootout victory, stepped up to the plate.

He produced two stunning saves, denying both Ángel Mena and Alan Minda, giving Argentina a crucial advantage. Julián Álvarez and Alexis Mac Allister coolly converted their penalties, putting Argentina 2-0 ahead.

John Yeboah, Gonzalo Montiel, and Jordy Caicedo all scored for Ecuador, keeping the tension alive. But Nicolas Otamendi, who had come on as a substitute for Lisandro Martínez, stepped up and calmly slotted home the winning penalty, sending Argentina into the semi-finals.

Argentina 1-1 Ecuador: Emiliano Martinez

Looking Ahead: A Date with Destiny

Argentina will now face either Canada or Venezuela in the semi-final on Tuesday. The reigning champions will be eager to continue their quest for another Copa America title, but they know they will face a tough challenge from whichever team they encounter.

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