Video: Lisandro Martinez scores his first goal for Argentina in Copa America quarter-final

Argentina needed penalties to book their place in the Copa America semi-finals. Lionel Messi needed to be bailed out after Lisandro Martinez scored their only goal in normal time.

The world champions took a 1-0 lead over Ecuador after Martinez’s header in the 35th minute. Messi swung in a ball from a corner, which was flicked behind by a leaping Alexis Mac Allister to Martinez.

Martinez had enough power behind his header as Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez tried to punch the ball to safety.

Lisandro Martinez’s goal
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Footage courtesy F24

It was his first goal for Argentina and it came in his 21st appearance for his country. It was a proud moment to help Argentina reach the next round.

Messi missed his penalty kick in a shootout, but Argentina won 4-2 on penalties to advance to the semi-finals.

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