IMAGE: Argentina’s Lautaro Martinez, left, celebrates with Lionel Messi and Nicolás Gonzalez after scoring. Photograph: Pedro Vilela/Getty Images
Argentina overcame its Copa America penalty shootout demons and defeated Colombia to advance to the final against Brazil on Wednesday.
IMAGE: Argentina’s Emiliano Martinez dives to make a save in a penalty shootout. Photograph: Pedro Vilela/Getty Images
And the hero of the high-octane clash was goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who blocked three Colombia spot-kicks at Mane Garrincha Stadium.
The two teams were locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes and the match went straight to penalties with no extra time in the knock-outs for this edition of South America’s top football tournament.
IMAGE: Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez and German Pezzella of Argentina celebrate with teammates winning a penalty shootout. Photograph: Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images
For Argentina, their title clash against bitter rivals Brazil will be the 29th final. They last won the continental title in 1993, and lost the finals in 2004, 2007, 2015 and 2016. They also finished third last term, after losing to Brazil in the semis.