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Copa America Argentina vs Canada Recap: Messi Goal, Score, Highlights

Copa America Argentina vs Canada Recap: Messi Goal, Score, Highlights

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Lionel Messi was in the right place at the right time and only needed a gentle tap with his legendary left boot to put the ball in the net.

It was Messi’s first goal of this summer’s Copa América tournament.

Now Messi and Argentina have the chance to win the tournament again.

Messi scored a wayward goal early in the second half, Julián Álvarez scored in the first half and Argentina beat Canada 2-0 in the Copa America semifinal on Tuesday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“It’s crazy what this group has done, what the Argentina national team has done,” Messi said after the match. “After this, much more importance will be given to all the finals in which I and all the old groups had to play.”

Argentina will play the Copa America final in Miami on Sunday, while Colombia and Uruguay play the semi-finals on Wednesday. The country hopes to further strengthen its football dynasty.

Argentina, the reigning world champions, will be seeking a second consecutive Copa America title. It could be the fourth major international championship in a three-year period, including the 2022 Finalissima victory over 2021 European Championship champions Italy.

Messi scores his first goal in this Copa America

Argentina star Messi made it another goal by entering the penalty area in the 51st minute and lightly touching Enzo Fernández’s shot.st minute to give Argentina a 2-0 lead. It was the buffer they needed to cruise against Canada in the second half.

Messi has not scored in Argentina’s five Copa America matches, missing one on June 29 due to a right groin/adductor injury, from which he has recovered in the last two games.

Messi kept pushing, taking three shots on target in the first half, as he grew increasingly frustrated in his quest to break through and create a shining moment during the tournament.

Messi eventually scored, but his goal lacked the theatrical power that, like many other goals of his career, leaves a lasting impression.

Messi didn’t throw a great long-range kick. He was barely 3 feet from the net. And the referees had to review the score before ruling in Argentina’s favor, while he and his teammates celebrated.

However, it was an early second-half onslaught that demoralized Canada, sending them into a Copa America tournament for the first time and reaching the semi-finals, beating the likes of Brazil, Venezuela, the United States and others.

Argentina, however, were favourites for the Copa America from the start. They defeated Canada in the opener, along with Chile and Peru in the group stage. Argentina also recovered from Messi’s penalty shootout miss to beat Ecuador in the quarter-finals. And then defeated Canada convincingly again.

“It is extremely difficult to reach another final,” said Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni. “We carry a great level of praise with great success. We know how difficult it is to get here.”

Messi scored his 109th goal in an international match to take over second place from Iran’s Ali Daei (108), while rival Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer with 130 goals, despite not scoring a single goal during his Euro 2024 campaign with Portugal.

Álvarez scored in the 23rd minute, receiving a pass from Rodrigo De Paul, getting the ball past a Canadian defender and firing into the net to give Argentina an early 1-0 lead.

Veteran Ángel Di María, 36, passed away in the 78e minute to a round of applause from the fans. The Copa America final will be his last match in Argentina’s famous white and sky blue.

Messi was punched by a Canadian player in the 1988se minute, falling on the field. But he was able to finish the game.

And Canada’s second shot on goal of the night came in the 89e minute in which Argentine goalkeeper Dibu Martinez tipped and caught a shot from Tani Oluwaseyi while lying on his back.

There is only one game left before Argentina becomes one of the greatest teams in sporting history again and wins the Copa América.

Messi celebrates Copa America victory on Instagram

Tani Oluwaseyi misses late shot for Canada: Argentina 2, Canada 0

Canada’s second shot on goal of the night came in the 89e minute in which Argentine goalkeeper Dibu Martinez tipped and caught a shot from Tani Oluwaseyi while lying on his back.

Ángel Di María, 36, was born in 78e minute to a round of applause from the fans. The Copa America final will be his last match in Argentina’s famous white and sky blue.

Messi finally broke through with his first goal of this Copa America, a left-footed swing just inside the goal area in a busy run in the 51st minute to start the second half.

Enzo Fernández provided the assist, Messi tapped the ball past the Canadian goalkeeper.

Messi was again frustrated by his final shot, was a bit rushed and shot over the net just before half-time.

Messi, without goals in the Copa America, seems restless unless he finds the net. Messi lined up for a shot with his right boot in this series, but missed the net.

Messi Fault or No Fault? Argentina 1, Canada 0

Messi remained on his backside and wondered why the referee had not called a foul in his favour in this scene. It could have resulted in a free kick for Messi.

Messi passed to Nicolás Tagliafico, but his shot was blocked by a defender.

Argentina remembers that Canadian goalie Maxime Crépeau deflected off his goal in the last game and tried to surprise him a second time. Angel Di Maria took this shot, but missed.

Argentine fans celebrate Julián Álvarez goal: Argentina 1, Canada 0

Julián Álvarez received a pass from Rodrigo De Paul, got behind a Canadian defender and again lined up for a shot into the net.

Argentina take early lead in the 23rd minuterd minute.

Lionel Messi fires his first shot of the match into the 12e minute, but is located just to the right of the nearest post.

Messi remains goalless at the Copa America, but it’s nice to see him being proactive.

Canadian Jacob Shaffelburg seized his chance with an early shot on goal, but his shot went wide on the right.

After the match started in Argentina’s backfield, Messi’s first touch was a dribble down the right and a pass to Angel Di Maria, who attempted a cross back to Messi. But the pass was intercepted by Canadian defender Derek Cornelius in the second minute.

Yes, Messi is playing his second game in a row after returning from a right groin/adductor injury. He is in the starting lineup tonight.

Argentina and Canada play Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET (9 p.m. in Argentina).

The match will be broadcast on FS1 in English and on Univision/TUDN in Spanish.

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Argentine goalie Emiliano ‘Dibu’ Martinez has a new haircut for tonight’s match. Considered the best goalie in the world, Martinez is flashy and has no problem psychologically influencing his opponents, especially in penalty shootouts.

Canadian rapper Drake made waves with his $300,000 bet that Canada would beat Argentina. The bet would have netted $2.88 million, according to the bet slip Drake posted on his Instagram story before the match.

It’s surreal to imagine former Barcelona star Lionel Messi posing with 16-year-old Spanish phenom Lamine Yamal for these photos when Yamal was just a baby. The photos continued to make the rounds on social media on Tuesday as Yamal scored to help Spain beat France 2-1 and reach the Euro final.

Argentina 2, Canada 0: Argentina’s ability to control possession will create chances for the world champions, and limit Canada’s chances at the net. Messi provides a goal and an assist, perhaps to Angel Di Maria in a victory. — Safid Deen, Lionel Messi’s reporter.

Argentina is a -300 favorite to win, while a draw has +400 odds, and Canada has +900 odds for the upset, according to BETMGM. Keep in mind that these odds are for the 90-minute match, and not a penalty shootout.

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“Leo is good, he finished the last game well and he will be there (Tuesday),” Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said at a press conference on Monday.

Messi has yet to score a goal in the Copa América and missed one match (June 29 in Miami) due to injury. He played in two group matches and the quarter-final against Ecuador last Thursday.

Although Messi was the driving force behind three of Argentina’s six goals, his performance at the tournament, which has been held in his adopted homeland since he joined Inter Miami in Major League Soccer last year, was somewhat disappointing.

When did Messi last score?

Messi’s last goal came just over a month ago, on June 1, during a 3-3 draw with Inter Miami against St. Louis City during the MLS season.

Messi was angry and disappointed after missing a penalty during the deciding penalty shootout in the quarter-finals of the Copa América, but Argentina won 1-1 (4-2 on penalties).

“A lot of anger, a lot of anger,” Messi said of his missed penalty. “I just wanted to touch it and it went high.”

Colombia and Uruguay will play the other Copa América semifinal at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

The winners of the semi-finals will play the 2024 Copa América final at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, while the losers will play the third-place match of the Copa América in Charlotte on Saturday.