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Argentina reaches Copa America semifinals, beating Ecuador 4-2 on penalty kicks after 1-1 draw

Associated Press
Posted 7/5/24

HOUSTON (AP) — Defending champion Argentina advanced to the Copa America semifinals, beating Ecuador 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw after conceding a tying goal in second-half injury time. Lionel Messi put Argentina's first penalty kick off the crossbar but goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez saved Ecuador's first two attempts in the shootout and Nicolás Otamendi beat Alexander Domínguez with the winning kick. Lisandro Martínez have Argentina a 35th-minute lead, but Kevin Rodríguez scored the score in the first minute of second-half stoppage time. Ecuador's Enner Valencia had put a penalty kick off a post in the 60th minute after a hand ball by Rodrigo De Paul.

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