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Messi scores Argentina 2-0 Canada to advance to Copa America final

Argentina's Lionel Messi scores his second goal against Canada during the Copa America semifinals in East Rutherford, New Jersey, July 9, 2024 Afterwards celebrate.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores his second goal against Canada during the Copa America semifinals in East Rutherford, New Jersey, July 9, 2024 Afterwards celebrate. Photo credit: AP

On July 9, in the semi-finals in New Jersey, the defending champion Argentina beat Canada 2-0 with goals from Julian Alvarez and Lionel Messi to qualify for the America’s Cup final. seats.

Argentina have won 15 of the last eight editions of the Copa America and reached six finals, but Canada gave them trouble in the opening 20 minutes, with Jakob Shafirberg twice coming from behind. A shot from a promising position went wide.

After absorbing early pressure, Argentina took the lead when Rodrigo De Paul broke through Alvarez, who ghosted between two defenders in the 22nd Minutes to complete the goal.

Argentina, the 2022 World Cup champions, gradually took control of the game and Messi had a chance to double their lead in the 44th minute, using his silky feet to create space in the penalty area before shooting wide.

Canada nearly equalized in first-half stoppage time when Jonathan David dived in ahead of his marker to deliver a long pass, but his close-range shot hit goalkeeper Emiliano Martin. Ness (Emiliano Martinez).

Messi then scored Argentina’s second goal in the 51st minute when he extended a foot to deflect Enzo Fernandez’s shot from the edge of the area past Canadian goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau.

The goal moved Messi into fifth place on the Copa America’s all-time goalscoring list, tied for 14th with Peru’s Paulo Guerrero and Chile’s Eduardo Vargas.

The 37-year-old scored his 109th goal for Argentina, taking him above Iran’s Ali Daei on the international all-time goalscoring list. Messi ranks second behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 130 goals for Portugal.

Despite a two-goal cushion, Argentina ended the game in tense fashion, with Canadian substitute Tani Oluwasei testing Martinez with a clean shot in the 89th minute and a header a minute later The shot missed.

Argentina will face either Uruguay or Colombia on July 10 in the final on July 14 in Florida.

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