Copa America News
Messi was all praise for goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez after Argentina beat Colombia via penalties on Tuesday in the Copa America semi-final. Admitting that penalty shootouts depend on luck, Messi confessed that he was confident Martinez, who has had a great tournament – would save at least two penalties. Messi also referred to Martinez as a ‘monster of a keeper.’
Messi was banned for one game after being sent off in the Copa America third-place playoff against Chile and for levelling accusations of corruption at South American soccer chiefs. The Barcelona forward was shown the red card after clashing with Gary Medel and afterwards he alleged the tournament had been fixed in favour of the hosts Brazil. Argentina, who last won the World Cup in 1986, kick off their qualifying campaign with a double header at home to Ecuador and away to Bolivia.
Brazilian defender Thiago Silva has signed a one-year contract with the club, having the option of a further 12 months. Silva's signing by Premier League side Chelsea follows the addition on Wednesday of Ben Chilwell to the squad. Silva was an important player for Brazil as they lifted the Copa America at the Maracana last year and he has represented his country 89 times.pub