Yerry Mina was foiled from the penalty spot by Emiliano Martinez as Colombia were beaten by Argentina in a shootout that decided the second of the semi-finals of the Copa America, one of the games of the tournament.
The Everton defender had scored an emphatic spot-kick against Uruguay in the quarter-finals three days ago but he went the same way again this time and Martinez was equal to it.
That gave Argentina the edge on penalties when Leandro Paredes netted to make it 2-1 and when Martinez dived to save Edwin Cardona's crucial kick at 3-2, the Albicilesti booked their place in the final, which will pit Neymar of Brazil against Lionel Messi.
The match itself was a rip-roaring, end-to-end affair, particularly in a mad-cap second half that saw the fouls and yellow cards mount up while the woodwork was rattled three times and Argentina somehow failed to score with the goalkeeper AWOL.
Argentina led at half-time thanks to Lautaro Martínez's seventh-minute opener that was created by Messi's footwork that enabled him to shrug off Mina and lay up his team-mate for a simple finish.
Mina hit the crossbar with a thumping header and Cardona saw a deflected effort bounce off the base of the post but Colombia caught their opponents cold with a deep free-kick that sent Luis Diaz away and he held off his marker to toe a shot past Martinez and inside the far post.
Martinez somehow fired into Davidson Sanchez on the line after Angel Di Maria had rounded David Ospina who was yards outside his box and Messi later hammered an effort off the post as neither team proved able to find a winner in 90 minutes so it went to penalties.
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1 Posted 07/07/2021 at 02:49:18
Our big guy actually did a nice job of stopping Messi's run for goal, but he couldn't stop him from passing off to Martinez for the score.
2 Posted 07/07/2021 at 03:00:00
Yerry Mina is playing well. Passing out nicely from the back plus he rattled the crossbar with a header from a corner and he also rattled Messi. Let's hope that Colombia can equalize and make for an exciting finish.
3 Posted 07/07/2021 at 03:59:37
Sick, sick, sick game. Absolutely brilliant and just full octane, fuck it, go for it, soccer.
4 Posted 07/07/2021 at 04:05:56
Same technique and direction as the quarterfinals, and the keeper obviously had him scouted.
5 Posted 07/07/2021 at 04:05:58
6 Posted 07/07/2021 at 04:11:21
Do yourself a big, big favor and find a replay of Columbia v Argentina and watch it.
Brilliant, brilliant football. Soul-refreshing stuff.
The beautiful game on display
7 Posted 07/07/2021 at 04:11:42
Happy for my man Messi. Chance to win a national team trophy.
Jamie's right, this game was more fun than a frog in a glass of milk (to quote Bob Weir).
8 Posted 07/07/2021 at 04:17:54
Pity that Yerry missed his penalty kick, he had played well. I was most impressed by Juan Cuadrado. I would take him as our new right-wingback.
9 Posted 07/07/2021 at 05:32:46
But what a brilliantly manic game that was tonight. I hope the final is as good. Let's just say the application of the rules of the game is very different in South America than it is in the Premier League!
10 Posted 07/07/2021 at 06:19:30
But he's 33.
11 Posted 07/07/2021 at 08:17:19
In the Paisa region of Medellin (or 'Medejin') they pronounce the double-l and y sounds as a soft j. They do the same in Argentina. But the rest of Colombia doesn't to my knowledge.
Yerry is from Guachene in the east of the country, so I've no idea how Mrs Mina would have called him in for his tea.
12 Posted 07/07/2021 at 08:48:22
Gone right off him now, little shit!
13 Posted 07/07/2021 at 09:45:07
Martinez… “I can see you are nervous, eh.” “You are smiling but you are nervous, you are nervous” “Hey look, the ball is a little bit ahead, the ball is ahead”
Mina…….”No its not, its at the white mark”
Martinez……(As Mina starts his run up). ”Yeah, play dumb, I know you”. “Look, I will save it. “Look how I own you brother”.
Mina strokes the ball to Martinezs left and he saves it.
All mind games, but isnt it ungentlemanly conduct, especially as Martinez is even talking to Mina as he strokes his penalty. All good fun anyway.
14 Posted 07/07/2021 at 10:23:02
15 Posted 07/07/2021 at 11:36:45
Shite penner from a nervous and somewhat naive Mina who should have the experience. I get he was nervous but don't rise to a gobshite of a goalie.
Mind you, I expect Argentina think he's great.
I can't see Jordan Pickford doing that against the Danes, can you?
"Why aye man, the balls not on the spot, you've nee chance of beat'n us" or something like that… ha ha!
16 Posted 07/07/2021 at 12:54:44
When we beat Man Utd in the Cup semi-final was like winning the trophy. Shame when we scored early in the FA Cup Final, Moyes reverted to his usual predictable tactics.
17 Posted 07/07/2021 at 13:00:45
18 Posted 07/07/2021 at 13:06:24
I know it's not against the rules but, once Mina started his run to take his kick, sportsmanship should take over and the goalie says nothing. As I say, it's not against the rules and obviously it worked!!
19 Posted 07/07/2021 at 13:13:36
20 Posted 07/07/2021 at 14:38:17
21 Posted 08/07/2021 at 02:45:18
22 Posted 10/07/2021 at 03:18:48
23 Posted 10/07/2021 at 22:46:24
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