Lionel Messi mocked Yerry Mina during Argentina’s penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in their Copa America semi-final last night.
The two sides went into a shoot-out after scores were tied at 1-1 with Lautaro Martinez opening the scoring in the first-half for Argentina and Luis Diaz levelling things up just after the hour mark.
In a tense shoot-out, Messi was passionate and he scored Argentina’s first-penalty with a well-placed shot.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez stopped three penalties in the shoot-out, including one-off Everton defender Yerry Mina.
Mina must’ve been confident for his penalty and was a favourite amongst fans for his chirpy dance when he converted his spot-kick against Uruguay in the quarter-final.
This time around, there was no dancing.
Before the spot-kick, Martinez tried to distract Mina with some trash talk, saying things like “I’m going to eat you alive” and “I know where you’re going to shoot”.
Martinez guessed the right way, Mina’s penalty was saved, but the pain didn’t end there.
On his way back to join the rest of his Colombian team-mates, Messi shouted “How about dancing now?” in reference to last week’s dance from Mina.
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Argentina ended up winning, and Messi was passionate throughout the shoot-out, trying to fire up the rest of his team and heckle as many Colombian takers as possible.
Video footage on social media focusing entirely on Messi during the shoot-out showed his emotions were in full flow.
The Argentines reached the final of the Copa America, where they will face hosts and top favourites Brazil at the Maracana as they hope to end a 28-year trophy drought with a win.
It will also be a first international trophy for Messi, who has only managed to win an Olympic Gold with the U23s when playing for his national side.
So far at this edition of the Copa America, he has scored four goals and provided five assists, contributing to nine of Argentina’s 11 goals at the tournament.
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