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Copa America: Argentina beats Canada 2-0 and advances firmly towards the second championship

Copa America: Argentina beats Canada 2-0 and advances firmly towards the second championship
Copa America: Argentina beats Canada 2-0 and advances firmly towards the second championship

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Caption, Messi scored his first goal at the 2024 Copa América.
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  • Role, BBC News World
  • 45 minutes

Argentina is on the verge of winning the Copa América twice.

The Albiceleste qualified this Tuesday for the final of the championshipafter beating Canada 2-0 with authority with goals from Julian Alvarez and Lionel Messi.

Lionel Scaloni’s team, who have just won the world championship in Qatar 2022, will face the winner of the other semi-final between Uruguay and Colombia to be played on Wednesday.

But from now on, this team with a golden generation becomes the favorite to win the cup next time. Sunday in Miami.

Two goals already in the final

The first goal for the Albiceleste came early in the match.

In the 22nd minute, a great filtered pass from Rodrigo de Paul through the centre of the field, which was not well rejected by Moïse Bombito, found the forward Julian Alvarezwho received the ball and beat the Canadian goalkeeper with a crossbar to give them the lead.

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Caption, Álvarez finished between the legs of the Canadian goalkeeper after beating Bombito.

Canada tried to react, with four shots in front, but only one tested “Dibu” Martinez. The Canadian star Alphonso Davis missed the opportunity.

On the other hand, Messi missed a clear chance on goal in the 42nd minute after receiving a pass from Angel di Maria on the right that the Argentine star finished with a left-footed shot that went wide of the left post.

But luck for the Flea came at the beginning of the second half: a cross from the right was poorly cleared by the Canadian defense and Enzo Fernández launched a shot that wasfound Messi’s legwho with a slight deflection scored the second goal.

The number 10 thus scored his first goal in this Copa América.

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Caption, Argentina was the “home team” at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The Canadian fans were fewer.

In the last 15 minutes, the Albiceleste team lowered its intensity, thinking more about the tough match that awaits them on Sunday in Miami.

Canada, with the match already very uphill, kept possession of the ball and their forward Tani Oluwaseyi even had two clear opportunities to shoot, but was unable to convert.

The Argentine fans, who were the majority at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, were singing euphorically at the end of the match.

Con 15 Copa America titlesthe Argentine team is the biggest winner of the championship…and will be able to add one more on July 14.

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