Lionel Messi offers fiery response to Yerry Mina’s shootout miss

Lionel Messi helped Argentina to another major tournament final overnight as they defeated Colombia in a penalty shootout in the Copa America.

Lautaro Martinez put Argentina in front on seven minutes. Luis Diaz then equalised for Colombia in the 61st minute.

Martinez missed a big chance to seal the game late on after being put clean through, only to be denied by the defender with David Ospina away from his goal.

The game thus went to penalties, and Messi scored Argentina’s first penalty by smashing his spot-kick into the top corner.

Juan Cuadrado had earlier put Colombia in the lead of the shootout. However, his side’s next two penalties would be missed. Davinson Sanchez stepped up and saw his penalty kept out by Emiliano Martinez.

Then it was the turn of Yerry Mina.

The Everton centre-back aimed for the bottom right corner but was again thwarted by Martinez in goal.

Cue wild celebrations from Argentina, led by their captain Messi. And its fair to say that he wasn’t in the mood to show sympathy.

As Mina turned back towards the halfway line in anguish, Messi jumped in the air and shouted “How about dancing now?”

Mina had put away his spot-kick against Uruguay in the quarter-finals, and celebrated by putting his thumb in his mouth before dancing on the spot.

Miguel Borja then went on to score Colombia’s next penalty against Argentina. However, Martinez then produced his third penalty save of the night from Edwin Cardona to secure the win for Argentina.

Argentina progress to final

They now progress to a mouth-watering final against Brazil, which takes place in the Maracana on July 11 – the same date as the staging of the Euro 2020 final.

Should Argentina win the final, it would represent Messi’s first-ever major international trophy.

He has previously reached the last two of the Copa America three times, and the World Cup final in 2014.

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