Argentina is depending on Lionel Messi’s form to find a way past Colombia’s David Ospina in the Copa America 2021.

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Argentina will face Brazil in the final on Saturday if they defeat Colombia’s outstanding Ospina. On Monday, the hosts defeated Peru 1-0, and star Neymar said at a press conference that he hoped to face Argentina in the final.

Argentina will have faith in Lionel Messi to beat Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina on Tuesday at Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia to reach the Copa America final for the second time.

Argentina will face Brazil in the final on Saturday if they defeat Colombia’s outstanding Ospina. On Monday, the hosts defeated Peru 1-0, and star Neymar said at a press conference that he hoped to face Argentina in the final.

Messi has been in fine form for Barcelona, scoring four goals and providing four assists in one of his best tournament performances in Argentina’s history. In a 3-0 quarter-final victory over Ecuador, the Copa America’s leading scorer scored one goal and helped his teammates twice.

Ospina saved two penalties in the quarterfinals against Uruguay, was instrumental in the 0-0 stalemate in regulation time, and is a vital captain for a side that has only scored three goals in the tournament.

Argentina hasn’t won a major prize since the Copa America in 1993, and Messi is looking for his first. Colombia hasn’t won a Copa since 2001, thus their drought isn’t as long.

Lionel Scaloni, Argentina’s coach, lauded Colombia as a “difficult foe” but expressed concern over the return of Juan Guillermo Cuadrado from a ban.

Scaloni, who has guided Argentina to an 18-match unbeaten record, stated, “We aim to play the match with the same energy, the same willpower.”

Due to the fact that defender Cristian Romero is still recovering from an injury, German Pezzella is expected to start. Between Marcos Acua and Nicolás Tagliafico, he still has worries about his left back position. In midfield, a decision must be made between Leandro Paredes and Guido Rodrguez.

Colombia coach Reinaldo Rueda remarked, “Argentina has a highly compact and mature team.” “To throw them off balance, you have to play with wit and put in a lot of effort.”

Cuadrado’s return will be crucial for Colombia. In the match against Uruguay, he was suspended.

“It’s not only him (Messi), Argentina has a lot of guys who can cause problems in any situation,” Cuadrado said. “We need not focus solely on Messi. We’ll face Argentina in the final. We are giving 200 percent rather than 100 percent.”

Rueda’s biggest concern is who will be Duván Zapata’s front-line partner: Rafael Santos Borré or Luis Muriel.




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