Lionel Messi’s Argentina has beaten Ecuador and made it to the last four. The popular team will reach the final after winning one more match. Lionel Messi scored the 76th international goal of his career in the match held on Saturday (Bangladesh time Sunday).
Argentina beat Ecuador 3-0. Messi’s contribution was in all three goals. The first two goals put the teammate on the line. The next goal was scored from a great free-kick.
Messi is in great form in the current Copa America. Before Ecuador match he scored three goals in the tournament. After Sunday, the number of his own goals stood at 4. And the number of goal passes is five.
Argentina wasted a lot of chances to score in the first half. Messi wasted the easiest. In the 22nd minute, he got a back pass of Ecuador in the gap. Only the goalkeeper was in front. He was also defeated. But the Argentine captain’s shot was blocked at the goal post.
After the break, coach Lionel Scaloni’s team was under a lot of pressure at the beginning.
The situation changed in 71 minutes, with a decision by the coach. Nicolas Gonzalez was replaced by Nicolas Taliafico, and Paredes was replaced by Guido Rodriguez, Di Maria by Ellen Giovanni Lo Chelso. As soon as he landed, the aggression of Argentina increased. Argentina scored the second goal in the 84th minute attacking the defense.
Messi provided two great goals throughout the match, but if the goal was not scored, Messi’s performance would have been incomplete. That deserved goal also came in 90 minutes. De Maria was fouled with the ball in every attack. Being close to the box, the referee first sat down with a penalty. He later changed his mind after seeing VAR. However, Messi’s goal was not stuck. The Ecuadorian goalkeeper had no answer to his free kick from just outside the box. Albiceleste left the field with a 3-0 victory with this goal. A pair of assists, and one goal, Messi had no reason not to be the best in the match.
Ecuador never won over to Argentina in the Copa America. Messi reached the semifinals leaving that record intact. Their opponents in the last four are Colombia.