The Argentine team defeated Ecuador 3-0 on Saturday in Goiania and thus reached, with a certain comfort, the semifinals of the Copa América. In that instance, Colombia was waiting for him, which in the first round of the day won 4-2 on penalties against Uruguay, after drawing without goals. Rodrigo De Paul, Lautaro Martínez and Lionel Messi, with a beautiful free kick, the authors of the goals.
It was a good start for Scaloni’s team, who pressed close to the Ecuador area who, faithful to the ideas of his coach, Gustavo Alfaro, set out to play late, limiting your chances to counterattacks. In that tune, the National Team took just two minutes to test the goalkeeper Galíndez, with a nice Lautaro Martínez’s right hand, that ten minutes later I sawhe forgot to finish off the goal, although this time the defender Arbolera saved, head over heels. Immediately, an error in the departure from Ecuador, left then Messi hand in hand against Galíndez, but the left stick denied the Argentine captain the opening of the marker.
Everything the good that Argentina had been doing almost faltered at 37, when Palacios took a good center that Valencia did not head and then Franco passed by before an Argentine defense that had been overcome.
However, the scare did not last long because in the reply, the national team found the goal that had been denied. Nicolás González first, Messi opened on the left changed to From Paul who, with the goal at will, defined a crusader to make the game 1-0, at 39.
The Argentina’s worst moment was at the beginning of the second partand. Because unlike what had happened in the first half, Ecuadorians went ahead and took control of the game. Argentina, withdrawn, began to suffer the advances of the rival, while Scaloni – nervous as always – was screaming so that their targets would react.
It that Argentina needed the opposite, to calm down, think a little and regain control of the game. Then the changes came. The DT sent to the court for the last 20 minutes to Guido Rodríguez and Di María for Lo Celso and Paredes. And a few minutes later he reinforced the left sector with the entry of Tagliafico by González.
So if the National Team could go back to all the good it had done in the first half, and to play again near the Galíndez arch. So yes, at 82, in a play started by Di María, who pushed the Ecuadorian exit well, Messi opened for Lautaro and he defined with a bombshell for the 2-0 that brought tranquility to the national team.
The process was closed by Messi, with a goal from a free kick from the crescent, after a foul that Di María had generated in a counter – Brazilian Sampaio at the request of VAR did not charge a penalty – for the final 3-0.