On Saturday night, Neymar will face Argentina in the first Superclásico de las Américas Copa América final since 2007, as La Albiceleste defeated Colombia on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Of course, Messi will now compete in his fifth international final (four at the Copa América) with the hopes of breaking his duck and winning a major prize with Argentina.
Lautaro Martnez opened the goal early in the game, receiving Lionel Messi’s Copa América-record fifth assist of the tournament and finishing following a fantastic play in the area from La Pulga.
Despite Argentina’s dominance for much of the first half, Colombia had chances, with Wilmar Barrios and Yerry Mina hitting the post and crossbar less than a minute apart.
The contest would flip on its head soon after the hour mark when Argentina were caught asleep following a restart, allowing Luis Daz to score a tough shot from a tight angle, flicking the ball over Emi Martnez’s palm as he was tumbling to the ground.
Following penalties from Messi, Paredes, and Lautaro, Emi Martnez emerged victorious, saving three times to set up a fantasy final with Brazil.