Messi shines as Argentina thrash Ecuador 3-0 to reach Copa America semifinal

Goiania, Brazil, Jul 3 (EFE).- Argentina marched into the semifinals of the Copa America after routing Ecuador 3-0 on Saturday, as Lionel Messi played a decisive role with one goal and two assists.

The Argentina captain set up Rodrigo De Paul for the opener in the 39th minute, but the Ecuadorians put up a resolute fightback.

However, Messi provided another assist to Lautaro Martinez in the 85th minute before scoring one himself off a free kick in the final moments of the game, knocking Ecuador out of the tournament.

The Albiceleste next face Colombia, who edged out Uruguay on penalties, in the semifinal match that will be held on Tuesday. EFE


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