Messi’s Miss Nearly Costs Argentina Victory! What Happened Next Will Shock You

Houston, Texas – Lionel Messi found himself in a challenging situation during Argentina’s Copa America quarterfinal match against Ecuador. Despite missing a penalty kick in a shootout, Messi’s teammates stepped up to secure a 1-1 draw (4-2 in penalty kicks) and advance to the semifinals.

Argentina, the defending Copa America 2021 and World Cup 2022 champions, displayed resilience and composure, with players like Julian Alvarez, Alexis Mac Allister, Gonzalo Montiel, and Nicolás Otamendi stepping up in the penalty round. Goalkeeper Dibu Martinez also played a crucial role in keeping Ecuador at bay.

The match took an unexpected turn when Ecuador’s Kevin Rodríguez scored a late header in stoppage time to equalize and force a penalty shootout. Before this crucial goal, Argentina seemed to be cruising towards a comfortable victory after Lisandro Martínez scored off Messi’s corner kick.

Despite Messi’s missed opportunities during the game, including a failed right-footed shot and a missed penalty kick, Argentina managed to secure their spot in the semifinals. Messi, still looking for his first goal in the tournament, set a record for the most minutes played in the Copa America during the match.

The victory sets up a semifinal clash for Argentina against the winner of the upcoming quarterfinal match between Venezuela and Canada. The semi-final fixture is scheduled to take place on July 9 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Argentina will be looking to continue their quest for Copa America success as they aim to defend their title.