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Lautaro Martinez’s late winner vs Chile carries Argentina to Copa America 2024 quarter-finals

Lautaro Martinez’s late winner vs Chile carries Argentina to Copa America 2024 quarter-finals

With one group stage match hurdle remaining, Argentina's Copa America campaign looks promising.

Argentina edged past Chile 1-0 in a thrilling Copa America 2024 encounter at a packed MetLife Stadium on Tuesday night. This dramatic victory practically secures their place in the quarter-finals, with just one group stage match remaining.

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Lautaro Martinez heroics

The game remained scoreless until the dying moments, with both teams showcasing resolute defending. However, in the 88th minute, a Lionel Messi corner took a decisive deflection, falling perfectly for Lautaro Martinez to slot home the winning goal. This late strike sent the Argentinian fans in the 81,106 strong crowd into a frenzy.

Dominant Argentina held at bay

Lionel Messi, celebrating his 37th birthday just a day prior, was unable to add to his goal tally but played a pivotal role in the win.

His trademark corner kick created the golden opportunity that ultimately decided the match. Despite a minor groin concern that required treatment early in the first half, Messi persevered and continued to orchestrate Argentina’s attacks.

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Familiar foe awaits for Argentina

With this victory, Argentina sits comfortably atop Group A with six points. Their final group stage match against Peru on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium becomes an opportunity to potentially rest Messi if needed.

Peru, having drawn their opening match against Chile, will be eager to secure a positive result to stay in contention for a knockout stage berth.

Night of Goalkeepers: Argentina vs Chile

While Argentina dominated possession and peppered the Peruvian goal with 22 shots, it was their goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez who stood firm at the back, making three crucial saves to preserve the clean sheet.

His counterpart, Claudio Bravo (Messi’s former teammate at Barcelona), also impressed between the sticks for Peru, denying 21 of Argentina’s attempts before the late Lautaro Martinez header.

Step Closer to Copa America 2024

With one group stage match hurdle remaining, Argentina’s Copa America campaign looks promising. Their passionate fans will be hoping that Messi and his team can continue their winning form and ultimately challenge for the coveted trophy.

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