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Argentina v Colombia Live Commentary & Result, 07/07/2021, Copa America

11′ Play is stopped momentarily after Zapata clatters into Emiliano Martinez during an attempt to get onto the loose ball. It seems the Colombia forward has come off worse, though they’ll both be able to continue.

9′ WHAT A SAVE FROM EMILIANO MARTINEZ! The Argentina keeper is called into action immediately after the restart as a low cross from the left finds Cuadrado, who smashes a shot from close range – managing only to hit the goalkeeper in the chest!

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7′ Messi’s assist for Argentina’s opener has set a tournament record – as nobody has ever managed more than four in a tournament.


7′ LAUTARO MARTINEZ PUTS ARGENTINA AHEAD! Messi gets onto the ball inside the penalty area with his back to goal, before picking his head up and cutting a pass back to Lautaro Martinez, who strikes it at the first time of asking and finds the back of the net! 1-0!

6′ Cuadrado whips a dangerous cross to the far post looking for Zapata, but some clever defending prevents the Atalanta striker from reaching the delivery.

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4′ CLOSE! Messi takes on and beats three defenders on his way into the Colombia penalty area, dropping his shoulder and squeezing past Mina and Munoz before chipping a cross into the centre of the area for Lautaro Martinez, whose header just misses the inside of the far post! 

3′ Argentina are pressing the ball very high on defence, looking for Colombia to turn it over in advantageous positions. Mina resorts to lumping it downfield, allowing Emiliano Martinez to start an attack. 

1′ Argentina get the match underway from the kick-off! 

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Colombia switch from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-4-2 and make one change in personnel after their penalty shoot-out victory over Uruguay, as Cuadrado returns to the line-up, displacing Muriel. 

Argentina make two changes from their 3-0 win over Ecuador in the quarter-finals, with Acuna dropped for Tagliafico at left-back and Rodriguez in for Paredes in midfield.

COLOMBIA SUBS: Aldair Quintana, Camilo Vargas, Yimmi Chara, Frank Fabra, Sebastian Perez, Oscar Murillo, John Medina, Edwin Cardona, Luis Muriel, Miguel Borja, Baldomero Perlaza, Carlos Cuesta.

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COLOMBIA XI (4-4-2): David Ospina; Daniel Munoz, Yerry Mina, Davinson Sanchez, William Tesillo; Juan Cuadrado, Wilmer Barrios, Gutavo Cuellar, Luis Diaz; Rafael Borre, Duvan Zapata.

ARGENTINA SUBS: Juan Musso, Lucas Martinez Quarta, Lisandro Martinez, Franco Armani, Alejandro Gomez, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes, Exequiel Palacios, Sergio Aguero, Angel Correa, Marcos Acuna, Gonzalo Montiel.

ARGENTINA XI (4-3-3): Emiliano Martinez; Nahuel Molina, German Pezzella, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Rodrigo De Paul, Guido Rodriguez, Giovani Lo Celso; Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Nicolas Gonzalez. 

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With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let’s take a look at how the two sides are lining up – starting with Argentina! 

Colombia qualified third from their group behind Brazil and Peru but managed to get through the quarters thanks to a win on penalties against Uruguay after the match finished 0-0. The Cafeteros are undefeated against Argentina in their last three matches – including beating them in the 2019 Copa America; a streak that dates back to 2018. It’s been 20 years since Colombia have made it to the finals of the tournament, when a 1-0 win over Mexico earned them their first title. 

Brazil await the winner of tonight’s contest after a cagey 1-0 victory over Peru guaranteed the hosts passage into the final. Argentina are looking to make it 19 matches on the bounce without defeat, which they can do should they manage to get past Colombia. The Albiceleste finished first in their group ahead of Uruguay, before a 3-0 victory over Ecuador put them in position to reach their third showpiece in the last four competitions.

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Hello and welcome to our LIVE commentary of the Copa America semi-final between Argentina and Colombia!

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