Argentina has after long advanced one step further to international title, defeating Columbia in Copa America 2021 semi-final.
Goalkeeper Emilano Martinez, was star of the match blocking three of Columbia’s penalty kicks at Mare Garrrincha Stadium paving way to thrilling clash between Neymar and Lionel Messi.
Entry into Copa America final eluded Argentina six times in semis earlier.
America and Columbia had headed for shoot-outs after ending the normal time 1:1. The twist favourable to Argentina unfurled after Aston Villa, goalkeeper denied Columbia their third final kick.
Argentina’s won last of their 14 Copa America titles in 1993 losing finals in 2004, 2007, 2015 and 2016. They will now face defending champions Brazil at the Maracana on Saturday.