COPA America: Argentina beat Colombia to advance to finals

  • Argentina are through to the finals of the Copa America after beating Colombia on penalties
  • Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring for Argentina in the opening minutes after a pass from Lionel Messi
  • Colombia levelled the match through Luis Diaz and sent the match to extra time
  • Emiliano Martinez saved three penalties and sent Argentina to the finals to face Brazil

Argentina are through to the finals of the Copa America after beating Colombia 3-2 on penalties.

The Argentines started the match brightly and had their efforts rewarded when Lionel Messi fed Lautaro Martinez to open the scoring in the 7th minute.

Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado then forced Emiliano Martínez into a smart save just seconds later, before the half descended into a slow-paced, stop-start affair in which both sides struggled for rhythm.

Colombia found the equalizer in the 61st minute through a quick freekick that saw Luis Diaz finish from a tight angle.

With no winner after extra-time, the match went to penalties where former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez saved three penalties to send the team to the finals where they will take on Brazil.