Captains duel: Ospina will look to make another excellent performance to close the arc to Lionel Messi in the semifinals


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Captains duel: Ospina will look to make another excellent performance to close the arc to Lionel Messi in the semifinals

After eliminating Uruguay on penalties, the Colombia selection Argentina will be measured in the semifinals to define who will play the decisive match of this edition of the Copa América. David Ospina comes from being a figure and the Tricolor will need its captain to shine again to extinguish the intensity of the Argentine attack, especially Lionel Messi.

Ospina, at the moment, has a good present in the Copa América. Of the five games he has played, the goalkeeper was able to keep the fence unbeaten 3 times. In addition, he was the great figure of Colombia in the penalty shootout against Uruguay in the quarterfinals, at which time he covered two shots.

Now Argentina and Lionel Messi are coming. The Barcelona star wants to win the Copa América for his country and comes with a high level in the games he played. His two free-kick goals, against Chile and Ecuador, added to two assists, makes the number ’10’ the ace of Scaloni and the rival’s most dangerous footballer.

However, Ospina knows what it is like to drown La Pulga’s goal cry. In the most recent confrontation between Colombia and Argentina in Qualifying, the goalkeeper showed off with great covers against captain Albiceleste. The most outstanding were two saves after free throws by Messi, who placed the ball at the angle of the goalkeeper Cafetero. Ospina stretched out and made great covers to keep Colombia alive to reach the final draw.

On the other hand, David also has the memory of his performance against Argentina in the 2015 Copa América. In that meeting, although Colombia said goodbye after losing from twelve steps, Ospina was the best player in the National Team and He left a double covered in memory, preventing Messi from turning his head practically on the line of his goal.

Finally, the match between Cafeteros and Argentines in the Copa América 2019 remains in the memory. Colombia defeated Scaloni’s 2-0 and Ospina once again kept its fence undefeated in the South American tournament.

Both Ospina and Messi will be key to defining the future of their national teams. The ’10’ trying to score to take his team to the final and the goalkeeper preventing the Flea from showing off any genius that could get Colombia out of the Copa América.


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