Lautaro Martínez's goals in the 2021 CONMEBOL Copa America™️2023-08-22
- The Argentinian forward netted three goals and helped his team to become champions of the Americas after a 28-year drought.
- ‘EL Toro’ was a key figure in Albiceleste’s triumphant campaign during the 2021 CONMEBOL Copa America™️ held in Brazil.
The 2021 CONMEBOL Copa America™️ witnessed an exceptional performance by the Argentinian striker Lautaro Martínez. From the opening match to the final, he consistently stood out as a crucial player for his team.
His ability to create chances and score important goals made him a key pillar in winning Argentina’s fifteenth continental title.
Martinez showcased remarkable skills by perfectly complementing Lionel Messi in Argentina’s offense throughout the tournament. His intelligent movement, ability to apply pressure on the opposing defence, and finishing ability made him a reference in the team’s attack.
– Lautaro Martínez’s goals –
The side coached by Lionel Scaloni kicked off their campaign in Group A with a 1-1 draw against Chile, followed by wins against Uruguay and Paraguay, both with 1-0 scores. Lautaro’s first goal came only in the final Group Stage match, a 4-1 triumph over Bolivia.
Martínez scored Argentina’s fourth goal in the 65th minute, following a sequence of rebounds in the Bolivian area that provided ‘El Toro’ with the chance to slot the ball into the net, beyond the reach of goalkeeper Carlos Lampe.
He scored once more in the quarter-finals, securing the second goal in the 3-0 triumph against Ecuador. In the 84th minute, Ángel Di Maria managed to wrest the ball from an Ecuadorian defender and left it to Messi, who then provided the assist for Lautaro to firmly slot it into the net with his right leg in front of the opposing goalkeeper.
In the semifinals, Argentina went up against Colombia in a match that concluded with a 1-1 draw, leading to a penalty shootout. The Argentine goal was converted by Martínez in the 7th minute, following yet another assist by Lionel Messi. The setup left ‘El Toro’ positioned just behind the penalty spot, with the perfect opportunity to overcome Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina and score his last goal in the competition.
Argentina emerged victorious 3-2 in the historic shootout, with goalkeeper Emiliano ‘Dibu’ Martínez shining as the deciding factor. Lautaro netted the final penalty kick for the Argentines, just before ‘Dibu’ made the crucial save that secured Albiceleste’s spot in the final against Brazil.
In a dream final, Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 at the Maracanã Stadium, with Ángel Di Maria scoring the decisive goal. This victory crowned them champions of the CONMEBOL Copa America™️, ending a 28-year title drought.
Lautaro Martinez played a key role in Argentina’s triumph in the 2021 CONMEBOL Copa America™️, solidifying his reputation as one of the most outstanding strikers in international football.