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Argentina secured a place in the semi-finals of the 2024 Copa America after beating Ecuador 4-2 on penalties, after the match ended in a 1-1 draw after regular time.

The quarter-final matches of the 2024 Copa America opened with a match between Argentina and Ecuador this morning, Friday, GMT, at the Energy Stadium in Houston.

Argentina ended the first half of their match against Ecuador with a 1-0 win. Manchester United centre-back Lisandro Martinez scored the goal with a header after receiving a header from Liverpool star Alexis Mac Allister in the 35th minute.

After halfway through the regular time of the match, Ecuador got a correct penalty kick after Rodrigo De Paul touched the ball inside the penalty area in the 61st minute. The VAR technology was reviewed and a penalty kick was awarded, which was executed by the Ecuadorian national team’s historical scorer, Enner Valencia, with great recklessness, as his low shot hit the right post of goalkeeper Martinez, who jumped to the other side.

The technical moves and distinguished management of the Spanish coach resulted in Ecuador scoring the equaliser in the 90+2 minute with an amazing header by substitute Kevin Rodriguez, forcing the match to go to penalty kicks.

Lionel Messi started the penalty shootout by taking the first kick in the style of Antonin Panenka, which hit the crossbar and went out.

Angel Mena missed Ecuador’s first kick with a powerful shot into the left corner that was saved by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

Julian Alvarez then responded to Emiliano’s brilliance by scoring Argentina’s 1-0 lead with a stunning shot into the top corner.

Emiliano Martinez continued his brilliance with a terrible save with his left hand from a shot in the right corner from player Alain Menda, giving Mac Allister the opportunity to advance Argentina 2-0 with a shot placed to the far left of the goalkeeper who flew to the right.

Finally, the Ecuadorian team succeeded in scoring the first kick through substitute winger John Yeboah, who fired a rocket into Emiliano’s left post, which went to the opposite corner.

Argentina went ahead 3-1 with a calm strike from full-back Gonzalo Montiel, before Jordi Caicedo responded with a successful penalty to make it 3-2.

Otamendi gave Argentina the qualification ticket after he successfully scored the last penalty kick.

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