Messi reveals the reason behind Argentina’s missed penalty kick against Ecuador.. Video

Explain Lionel Messi leader Argentina national teamThe reason for his choice to take a penalty kick for the Tango team in the “Panenka” style in the quarter-finals of the Copa America against Argentina, as the kick hit the crossbar.

Argentina qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament. Copa America After defeating Ecuador on penalties, after the two teams tied with a goal each in regular time of the match that was held at the “NRJ” stadium in the American city of Houston.


Messi went first in the penalty shootout, at the end of a dramatic 1-1 draw that saw Ecuador equalise in stoppage time, but he played the ball in the famous “Panenka” style and the ball hit the crossbar.

“I was very angry, I was convinced that I was going to shoot it like that,” the Inter Miami star told reporters afterwards. “I spoke with Martinez, with Geronimo Rulli. I took my kick and I didn’t train, but I spoke with them. I was shooting several crosses, I tried to touch it and it went up.”

Regarding his injury, he commented: “I was suffering from pain and fear of injury, but in the last training session I felt better and felt that I could participate. I had the feeling that I was able to participate. I did not have any discomfort, but there was a psychological fear of not participating.”

He added: “We knew it would be a tough and competitive match and it was as we expected. They have very good players and the condition of the pitches does not always allow for the fast play we would like, which makes things easier for the defenders.”


Argentina had a great run in the group stage of the Copa America, achieving 3 wins and 9 points to qualify for the quarter-finals with a perfect score.

The Tango started their journey in the first group of the Copa America tournament by defeating Canada 2-0, then defeated Chile 1-0, and finally defeated Peru 2-0 in the absence of star Lionel Messi.

With this victory, the Argentine national team qualified for the semi-finals of the Copa America 2024, awaiting the winner of the match between Venezuela and Canada.

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