Canada fall to Argentina in the 2024 Copa America!


Jul. 10, 2024


CANADIAN MEN'S SOCCER TEAM LOSE 2-0 AGAINST WORLD RANKED #1 ARGENTINA

 

Goals by Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez lifted top-ranked Argentina past Canada as the star-studded South American side showed its pedigree in a 2-0 win in the Copa America semifinal on Tuesday. Despite the loss, the 48th-ranked Canadians did not disappoint before a lively crowd of 80,102 on a hot, humid night at MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL's New York Giants and Jets, as well as the venue for the 2026 FIFA World Cup final.

 

Argentina showed its quality, content to stroke the ball around and then change gears in an instant when it saw an opening in Canada's defence. And despite a positive start, Canada fell behind in the 22nd minute on Argentina's first shot on target. The Canadian defence was carved open by a long pass from Rodrigo De Paul that Alvarez controlled with a fine first touch before outmuscling Moise Bombito and slipping a shot through Crepeau's legs.

 

Messi made it 2-0 in the 51st minute with a slight redirect of an Enzo Fernandez shot through traffic after Canada failed to clear the ball. Canada had eight defenders in front of Crepeau in its penalty box but could not snuff out the threat. The goal survived a video review check for offside with Messi getting the green light for his first goal of the tournament and his 14th in career Copa America play.

 

It has been an eventful competition for the Canadian side under Marsch, the 50-year-old American who has infused his new team with youth and confidence as well as a new skipper in Davies. Canada heads to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte for Saturday's third-place game. *(Article Originally published on TSN.ca)*

 

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