Copa America 2021 - Lionel Messi responds to Neymar after Argentina set up final with Brazil
Lionel Messi cannot wait to face off with Neymar and Brazil in the Copa America final. Argentina reached the final on Tuesday night after beating Colombia on penalties. “Both of us are in the final, I know Neymar said it because we are friends and he wanted me to be there too," Messi said. Neymar said before the match he prefered to play Argentina in the final.
Lautaro Martinez of Argentina celebrates with teammate Lionel Messi after scoring the first goal of his team during a semi-final match of Copa America Brazil 2021 between Argentina and Colombia
Martinez saved three penalties in the shoot-out with Messi leading the wild celebrations after the goalkeeper’s heroics.
Messi and Martinez adopted a taunting strategy to throw Colombia off their game in the shoot-out, with the playmaker mocking Yerry Mina as he stepped up to take his kick before telling him, “Dance now. Dance now,” when he missed his shot.
Argentina's players celebrate at the end of the Conmebol 2021 Copa America football tournament semi-final match against Colombia
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Martinez was in tears after the final spot-kick and paid tribute to Messi after the match, predicting he can lead Argentina to victory against Brazil.
“This is a matter of luck, today it was mine. Brazil is a great team, the favourite,” Martinez said.
But we have a great coach, we have the best player in the world and we will try to win it.
Messi was excellent during the game, but a nervous wreck during the penalty shoot-out as TV cameras followed his every move.