Argentina Defeats Canada 2-0 to Advance to Copa América Final

East Rutherford, N.J. — In a steamy Tuesday night semifinal at MetLife Stadium, Argentina triumphed over Canada 2-0 to secure their place in the Copa América final. The match, marking Argentina’s penultimate step toward a potential tournament repeat, highlighted their efficiency and resilience.

The victory featured a subtle but crucial goal from Lionel Messi, his first of the tournament, demonstrating the team’s ability to capitalize on straightforward opportunities. Midway through the first half, Argentina’s breakthrough came with a direct sequence of play: a pass from center back Cristian Romero to central midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, who then found forward Julián Álvarez. Álvarez’s precise control and finish left Canadian defender Moïse Bombito and goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau helpless, putting Argentina ahead after just 22 minutes.

Argentina had previously faced Canada in the tournament’s opening match, where Álvarez also made a decisive impact. This time, Canada’s early spirited play and counterattacks were not enough to overcome Argentina’s quality.

Messi, showing glimpses of his best, almost scored just before halftime and then sealed the win five minutes after the break. His goal, a right-footed effort following a scramble in the box, was reminiscent of a classic Cristiano Ronaldo finish. Messi’s celebration confirmed his first competitive Argentina goal since October, signaling his return to form.

Argentina’s journey to the final has been a mix of vulnerability and resilience. They narrowly beat Chile, rested starters in a group-stage match against Peru, and survived a penalty shootout against Ecuador thanks to goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez. Despite some unconvincing moments, Argentina has shown enough determination to reach their third consecutive major tournament final.

Awaiting them in the final is either Colombia or Uruguay, promising a challenging conclusion to their Copa América campaign. Regardless of their performance so far, Argentina stands just 90 minutes away from another title, poised to prove their mettle on the grand stage once more.

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