Lionel Messi had two assists and one goal in a 3-0 win over Ecuador as he led Argentina to their sixth Copa America semi-finals appearance in 17 years.
Messi missed a golden chance in the first half but set up Rodrigo De Paul five minutes before half-time and then did the same for Lautaro Martinez five minutes from the end to give Argentina a deserved victory.
The Barcelona player then got his second free kick off the tournament in stoppage time to round out a scoreline that was more convincing than the performance.
Lionel Messi scored this latest golazo free kick as Argentina reached the #CopaAmerica semifinals 🤩
— Yahoo Soccer (@FCYahoo) July 4, 2021
Another wonderfully struck free-kick & two assists tonight for Lionel Messi
— GOLAZO (@golazoargentino) July 4, 2021
Messi picked up a goal and 2 assists as Argentina locked in their spot in the Copa America semifinals 🔒🇦🇷
Relive the action in our 90′ in 90″ highlights ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/M2jPTwUeZm
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 4, 2021
Lionel Messi on Argentina win:
“I’ve always said that individual prizes are secondary, we’re here for something else,” Messi said. “We have an objective and we’re focused on that.”
“It was a hard match, we know how difficult an opponent they can be. The important thing is we’ve taken another step forward.”
The semifinals of the Copa América are set!
🌎 | #CopaAmerica – KNOCKOUT STAGE
The semifinals of the Copa América are set! 👇
Brazil and Peru will meet on Monday in Rio de Janeiro, while Argentina face Colombia on Tuesday in Brasilia!
Who do you see winning it all? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/qW9Y3325yK
— SofaScore (@SofaScoreINT) July 4, 2021
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