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Copa America semifinal: Argentina beats Canada 2-0 to enter finals

Copa America semifinal: Argentina beats Canada 2-0 to enter finals

East Rutherford, US: With goals from Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez, Argentina defeated Canada 2-0 on Tuesday at the MetLife Stadium in the Copa America 2024 semifinal, advancing to the competition's back-to-back finals. In the last five tournament editions, Argentina has advanced to four finals. The victor of the Colombia-Uruguay match will face Argentina on July 14 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami in the tournament final.

Canada will play on July 13 at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte against the loser of the aforementioned match.

Canada and Argentina delivered a first half that began chaotically and was equally entertaining: without a midfield, and without the tension that defining matches usually have.

The first blow finally came in the 23rd minute with a goal from Alvarez, who received a good through ball from Rodrigo De Paul, shook off the marking and scored to break the tie.

Argentina neutralised the Canadian attacks and created good scoring opportunities. At the end of the first half, Messi made a move in the area, and his shot went just past the goalkeeper's post.

The last chance of the first half was for Jonathan David, with Canada's first shot on goal in the match. At halftime, Argentina was ahead 1-0.

At the start of the second half, Messi cut in from the right as he used to do in his early days. Inside the box, he passed to Rodrigo de Paul, and after a rebound, Enzo Fernandez shot at the goal. Messi himself deflected it, and after a VAR review, it was confirmed as 2-0 for Argentina, marking Messi's first goal in this edition and his 14th in his Copa America career.

With that comfortable lead, Argentina slowed the game down and made substitutions to refresh the team. Di Maria also came off, in one of his last matches for the national team.

With two minutes remaining, Canada pressed Argentina's defence well and had their best chance, but Emiliano Martinez managed to stop Tani Oluwaseyi's shot and Argentina secured a 2-0 win, securing their fifth consecutive podium finish in the world's oldest national team tournament: 2015 (final), 2016 (final), 2019 (third place), 2021 (champions).

With inputs from IANS

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