Messi praised 'phenomenon Martinez' after reaching the final

Wed 07 July 2021 | 12:31

Messi hopes to win his first national cup against Brazil.


captain Lionel Messi praised team-mate Emiliano Martinez, who was the hero of last night's penalty shoot-out.

La Albiceleste played against Colombia last night and could not do better than 1-1 in 120 minutes. The game reached penalty shoot-out, and Martinez secured his side a place in the final against Brazil by saving penalties from Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina, and Edwin Cardona. Messi will have the opportunity to lead Argentina to the title for the first time since 1993 and praised Martinez after the game.

"At times it became difficult. But we have Emi who is a phenomenon.

"We trusted him. We achieved the goal of being able to play every game and now we are going to the final.

"It was very hard, but we deserved it because we wanted it.

"The last cup, the group had already become strong and had left a good image. Now we are going to the final."

Argentina finished runners-up in the Copa America with defeats to Chile in 2015 and 2016, but they have been unbeaten in their last 19 games and their last defeat dates back to 2019 against Brazil in the semi-finals of CONMEBOL.

source: SportMob