Copa America 2021: Messi leads clinical Argentina to 3-0 win over Ecuador, sets up semifinal clash against Colombia

Copa America 2021 Quarterfinal: Lionel Messi leads clinical Argentina to 3-0 win over Ecuador, sets up semifinal clash against Colombia

Copa America 2021: Messi leads clinical Argentina to a 3-0 win over Ecuador, sets up semifinal clash against Colombia – With two assists and a fantastic goal from a freekick, Lionel Messi led Argentina to a 3-0 victory over Ecuador to set up a semifinal clash with Colombia. After Rodrigo de Paul put Argentina from a Messi assist in the lead in the 40th minute, the Barcelona striker set up Lautaro Martinez for the second goal in the 8th minute before making it 3-0 from an edge-of-the box freekick.

Lionel Messi is fighting hard at age 34. He has some of the best statistics so far at the South American championship. Lionel Messi leads all tournament scorers with three in four matches. He has two assists, as many as Brazil’s Neymar. Sports data site SofaScore places him on top in the tournament so far in successful dribbles (21), shots on target (10), total duels won (40), and goals from outside of the box (2). There was some magic in the long-range goals; a curling free kick in the 1-1 draw with Chile and a perfectly timed lob over Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe.

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With a record 75 goals for Argentina, he’s close to two South American records: Pele’s as the top scorer of a national team (77 for Brazil), and Chile’s Sergio Livingstone’s mark of 34 for most Copa America appearances (Lionel Messi has 31).

Meanwhile, a 14-metre-high, 8-metre-wide artwork was unveiled in his hometown of Rosario. It depicts a bearded, shirtless Messi, and the smaller figure of the player as a child juggling a ball. The adult Messi has a pair of boots, laces tied together, hanging around his neck. One boot is black and the other gold, depicting the record six Golden Shoes Messi has won as top scorer in Europe.

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Copa America live – Argentina vs Ecuador LIVE: Back to Copa, a win will set up a semifinal match against Colombia or Uruguay. Defending champions Brazil could then be the last hurdle for Lionel Messi’s aspirations of finishing No. 1 after the July 10 final at the Maracana Stadium. Ecuador are yet to win in the tournament, but held Brazil to a 1-1 draw. “We have the utmost respect for Ecuador,” Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said.

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What Time Copa America 2021 quarterfinal Will begin? Time
Copa America 2021 quarterfinal between Uruguay vs Colombia Will begin at 2:30 AM and Argentina vs Ecuador live @ 5:30 AM IST

Where to watch Copa America 2021 quarterfinal LIVE stream?

Sony Sports Network (SONY SIX, SONY TEN, SONY ESPN) will provide the LIVE and exclusive coverage of Copa America 2021. You can also watch the Copa America LIVE stream on your OTT platform SONY LIV for an annual subscription of Rs 999.

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Who are the current champions of Copa America?

Brazil (9 titles)

Who has won most titles in Copa America?

Uruguay (15 titles), Argentina (14 titles)

Copa America 2021: Argentina vs Ecuador LIVE in Quarterfinals of Copa America – Follow all LIVE Updates
What is the prize money?

As per a report, 6.5 million USD for winner, 3.5 million USD for runners-up

Copa America 2021: Argentina vs Ecuador LIVE in Quarterfinals of Copa America – Follow all LIVE Updates
Copa America 2021 knockout stage schedule
Quarter-finals

July 3: Peru beat Paraguay on penalty shootouts

July 3: Brazil beat Chile 1-0

July 4: Uruguay vs Colombia – 2:30 AM IST

July 4: Argentina vs Ecuador – 5:30 AM IST

Semi-finals

Wednesday, July 7, Peru vs Brazil LIVE – 4:30 AM IST

Thursday, July 8, QF 3 Winner vs QF 4 winner – 6:30 AM IST

Third-place match

Sunday, July 11: Semi-final 1 loser vs Semi-final 2 loser – 3:30 AM IST

Final

Sunday, July 11: SF 1 Winner vs SF 2 Winner – 5:30 AM IST

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Copa America 2021 LIVE stream
Sony Sports Network (SONY SIX, SONY TEN, SONY ESPN) will provide the LIVE and exclusive coverage of Copa America 2021. You can also watch the Copa America LIVE stream on your OTT platform SONY LIV for an annual subscription of Rs 999.

Copa America 2021: Argentina vs Ecuador LIVE in Quarterfinals of Copa America – Follow all LIVE Updates

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