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Canada Falls to Argentina in Copa América Semifinal



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Canada‘s impressive Copa América journey came to an end on Tuesday night as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Argentina in the semifinals, marking their first appearance in the tournament.

Despite showing glimpses of their recent good form, Canada faced a tough task defending against the formidable Argentine team led by Lionel Messi, a challenge noted by coach Jesse Marsch in the pre-match press conference where he highlighted Argentina’s apparent lack of weaknesses.

The match started with Canada displaying some early attacking intent, with Jacob Shaffelburg making his presence known on the left flank. However, it was Argentina who capitalized on their first chance as Julián Alvarez slotted the ball past goalkeeper Crépeau in the 23rd minute, giving them a 1-0 lead.

With the Argentines in control, they started to assert their dominance on the game, passing the ball confidently among themselves as Canada hesitated to press too high, wary of Argentina’s potent attacking threat. The Canadian defense struggled to contain the Albiceleste‘s attacking prowess.

Argentina extended their lead early in the second half when Messi fortuitously redirected a shot past Crépeau in the 51st minute. Despite some late pressure from the Canadians, including a chance for Jonathan David in stoppage time, they were unable to find a breakthrough as Argentina’s defense held firm.

Marsch made tactical changes in the second half, bringing on Ali Ahmed and Liam Millar, and later introducing Mathieu Choinière due to an injury to Alphonso Davies. However, Argentina’s experience and control of the game, combined with time-wasting tactics, ensured they secured their spot in the final.

While disappointed with the result, Canada can take pride in their performances throughout the tournament, showcasing growth and resilience against one of the world’s top teams.

Rachel Adams

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