It was a model of Lionel Messi we don’t typically see.
One of many world’s biggest gamers isn’t caught in emotional outbursts, however the penalty-kick shootout to resolve Argentina’s semifinal in opposition to Colombia did it.
After Colombia’s Yerry Mina noticed his try stopped by Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, Messi celebrated it on the middle circle along with his teammates. “Dance now! Dance now!” is what the lip readers noticed him saying in reference to an prolonged dance that Mina did in a penalty shootout win over Uruguay within the earlier quarterfinal spherical.
“HOW ABOUT DANCING NOW?” yells Leo Messi to Yerry Mina after his penalty kick is saved by Dibu Martínez. That is the Messi all of Argentina desires to see. Fired up and in it ❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥 pic.twitter.com/0mFXzVdru5
— Nico Cantor (@Nicocantor1) July 7, 2021
To suppose that Messi and Mina have been teammates at FC Barcelona earlier than Mina’s transfer to Everton in England in 2018.
Right here was Mina’s aforementioned dance after he scored in opposition to Uruguay:
The PK shootout between Argentina and Colombia was essential to resolve a 1-1 tie and Argentina pulled off the win 3-2, thanks to a few saves on 5 makes an attempt by its goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who may also be remembered for his antics.
’Keeper trash-talks throughout PK shootout
There was a ton of strain on Argentina on this match. With Brazil advancing to the Copa America closing the day earlier than, it was as much as Argentina to get previous its semifinal to arrange the heavyweight showdown all of the neutrals wished to see. And the Argentines have been pulling out all of the stops to verify they received this sport.
Martinez, Argentina’s goalkeeper, was trash-talking the Colombians on each kick. Up till the participant made contact with the ball. Most referees would have in all probability warned the ‘keeper and even carded him, however Martinez received away with it on each kick, together with on Mina’s.
When the broadcasters weren’t speaking over it, we have been in a position to hear most of it since there are not any followers permitted at Copa America matches:
“You’re nervous … Looks like the ball is ahead [of the PK spot] … I know you. I know where you like it [to shoot the ball] … Don’t be a dummy … I’m going to stop you.”
Emiliano to Yerry Mina earlier than saving his PK:
“You’re nervous, eh? I can tell you’re nervous”
“I know where you’re going to shoot.”
“Watch and see how I’m gonna eat you up.”pic.twitter.com/4DDFsDJmKS
— Juan (@socraticjuan) July 7, 2021
Martinez did this on each kick. And he added an specific celebration thrust after the Mina save to essentially put the exclamation mark on it. It’s no surprise that the subsequent Colombian kicker, Miguel Borja, did somewhat jig himself to harass Martinez.
It labored for Martinez. Three saves by a goalkeeper in a shootout is so uncommon, it is thought of heroic.
Mina’s dancing, Messi’s reactions and Martinez’s trash-talking aren’t precisely prime examples of sportsmanship, however they’re so very human. The penalty-kick shootout is without doubt one of the most pressure-packed conditions within the sport, particularly when the stakes are this excessive. And in Messi’s case there was much more using on the sport from a private standpoint.
Messi has to listen to about it at each main worldwide match with Argentina’s senior workforce: Lionel Messi can’t win the large one with Argentina. For all his greatness, he’s by no means led them to a trophy. He can’t win exterior Barcelona.
Messi is 34. If he fails to ship at this Copa America, the subsequent alternative would be the 2022 World Cup after which adopted by the 2024 Copa America. He’ll be turning 37 that yr.
You may inform how unhealthy he desires this Copa America by his play on the sphere. Opta picked up on his tournament-high 15.7 duels per sport common on the occasion. That quantity ballooned to 26 in opposition to Colombia.
And he performed on a bloody ankle after a brutal problem he suffered within the second half. He had the bloody sock to point out for it:
Right here was the video of the sort out Messi suffered and highlights from the remainder of his sport. By the best way, he completely nailed his penalty kick to begin the shootout for Argentina.
And now he’ll be going through one other former Barcelona teammate within the closing: Neymar and archrivals Brazil. And it was Neymar who gave us extra of the unconventional sports activities habits from the Copa America: Earlier than the Argentina vs. Colombia semifinal, he stated he wished to face Argentina within the closing. He truly answered the “who do you want to face” query. And he known as out Brazil’s nemesis.
Saturday’s going to be good. And the dynamic adjustments. The strain now shifts to the Brazilians, who might be taking part in at house and anticipated to win. Messi and Argentina can play somewhat looser with out the favourite tag and will even spring the shock.
Till Saturday, benefit from the full spotlight bundle from that Argentina vs. Colombia semifinal: