Messi vs. Ospina: a story that began twelve years ago between Colombia and Argentina

Messi vs.  Ospina: a story that began twelve years ago between Colombia and Argentina

David Ospina and Lionel Messi They will face each other this Tuesday on the sixth date of the Qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, when the Colombian National Team at the Metropolitan Stadium of the city of Barranquilla receive to Argentina.

The Napoli’s goalkeeper from Italy comes from taking his goal to zero in the 3-0 coffee victory against Peru at the National Stadium in Lima, while the Barcelona footballer comes from scoring from the penalty spot in the tie of his selection against Chile.

The Colombian will have a particular duel against Argentine Lionel Messi, with whom he has already starred in several clashes, wearing the shirt of the Colombian National Team, Arsenal from England and Napoli from Italy.

The first time that they faced occurred in the Qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, on June 13, 2009, at the Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti stadium. In that opportunity, Argentina defeated Colombia 1-0 with a score from defender Daniel Alberto ‘Cata’ Díaz, and Messi was close to achieving his first goal in front of the Antioquia goalkeeper with a free kick shot that hit the crossbar.

Two years, five months and nine days later they faced each other for the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers, on the fourth day, a November 15, 2011. The victory was for the Argentines 2-1, as visitors, in the Metropolitan Stadium of Barraquilla. It would be the first time Lionel scored a goal for the goalkeeper who grew up in the lower ranks of Atlético Nacional.

It took almost two years for them to see each other again and again the duel took place between the South American teams in the Qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, on the date 13, June 7, 2013. On that occasion, the teams tied 0-0 at the Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti Stadium, with Ospina being the great figure of the match and with Messi entering the second half.

The fourth shock among footballers it occurred in the Chile’s America Cup, on June 26, 2015, in the quarterfinals, with victory for Argentina from the penalty area, after tying in regular time 0-0. That game could be the most remembered, by the fans, for the tremendous performance of the Colombian goalkeeper, during the 90 minutes, who got in Messi’s path and stopped him from several shots that bore a goal stamp.

A year later, the revenge for the Argentine would arrive, that in the UEFA Champions League and in the South American Qualifiers he violated the Colombian’s defense.

First, in the game between Barcelona and Arsenal, in the second leg of the 2016 UEFA Champions League round of 16, Annotation that occurred in the 88th minute, with a spectacular definition from Messi to seal victory 3-1. And Second, on matchday 12 of the Qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Triumph for Argentina 3-0 at the San Juan del Bicentenario stadium in 2016. On the 10th of the Argentine National Team he was in charge of scoring the first goal of the match with a free kick.

The last time they faced each other defending the colors of their national teams was in the America Cup from Brazil, in the group stage, in the debut of both teams, on June 15, 2019. On that occasion, the victory was 2-0 for the Colombians with a great performance by Roger Martínez and Duván Zapata. On the other hand, the one of the Barcelona did not have a good action and only I create a clear opportunity of goal.

Finally, they faced each other in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League with classification of the Culé team to the next round of the championship. In the first leg played at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium, it was a 1-1 draw with an opaque performance by the Argentine and with David Ospina very well protected by his defense. Leo had only one shot throughout the game and received a yellow card in a play in which he hit the Antioquia goalkeeper.

In the return match played at the Camp Nou, the Argentine was the figure of the match by scoring at 23 minutes in the 3-1 victory of the Spanish squad and qualifying for the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The goal came down the left lane after a gush in the area and a brilliant definition with his skillful leg that Ospina could not stop.

Now, they will meet next Tuesday for the tenth time after twelve years since their first game and ten months since their last Champions League match.

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