Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, is now one game away from winning its second straight Copa America.

Argentina beat Canada 2-0 in the 2024 Copa America quarterfinals at 9 a.m. on the 10th (Korea Standard Time) at Matlife Stadium in New Jersey.

With this, Argentina will play the final match against the winner of the Uruguay-Colombia semifinals on the 15th.

Argentina came in a 4-4-2 formation. Julián Álvarez-Lionel Messi was on the front line and Alexis McAllister-Enzo Fernández-Rodrigo de Paul-Angel Di Maria was on the second line. Nicolas Tagliafico-Lizandro Martínez-Cristiano Romero-Gonzalo Montiel was on the defense and Emiliano Martínez was on the goal.

Canada also used a 4-4-2. The front line was Jonathan David – Kyle Larin, and the midfield was Jacob Chappelberg – Rich Laiya – Ismael Kone – Stefan Eustakio. The defense was Alphonso Davies – Moise Bombito – Derek Cornelius – Alastair Johnston, and the goalkeeper’s gloves were worn by Maxim Kreffieu.

Raising the line, Canada took the lead. Chappelbourg’s shots gave them a head start in the fifth and seventh minutes of the first half. In the 10th minute, Argentina made a sharp counterattack. Messi passed to Di Maria from the side and received the ball back from the center of the box, and tried to shoot with his left foot, but it slightly missed the goal. Álvarez’s shot was also blocked in the 17th minute.

But Argentina took the lead in the 22nd minute. De Paul made a long pass to Álvarez in midfield. Álvarez received the ball and gained the upper hand in the duel before scoring a shot through the goalkeeper’s legs.

Since then, the two teams have engaged in a fierce battle in the midfield. Di Maria in the 34th minute and Lisandro Martinez in the 36th minute went out of the goal one after another. Messi’s shot in the 44th minute was also somewhat inaccurate. The first half ended with Argentina leading 1-0.

Argentina added another goal at the 6th minute of the second half. Finally, ace Messi roared. After exiting the Canadian defense with a right cutback, Enzo Fernandez connected with a shot. At the time, Messi slightly changed direction in front of the goal and scored. The assistant referee declared offside, but after VAR review, it was Messi’s goal.

Canada tried to make a difference in the 10th minute of the second half by replacing Chappelleburg and Laiya with Liam Miller and Ali Ahmed. Trailing by two goals, Canada pressed hard against Argentina but failed to penetrate their solid defense effectively.

Argentina strengthened its defense by dispatching Nicolas Otamendi in place of Tagliafico in the 19th minute of the second half. Canada also dispatched Tani Oluwasei without David. Since then, the game has become somewhat quiet. Argentina only focused on changing its defense by dispatching Nahuel Molina in place of Montiel in the 26th minute of the second half.

Canada, which had to make matters worse by replacing Davis with Jonathan Osorio and bringing in Mathieu Schniere, ran out of replacement cards but lacked anything to change the course of the game.

The two-goal-scoring country continued to play consistently, and did not overdo it. In the 33rd minute of the second half, the last three replacement cards were replaced by Lautaro Martinez, Nicolas Gonzalez, and Ezequiel Palacios in place of Álvarez, Di Maria, and McAllister to save their stamina. In the end, the match ended with Argentina winning 2-0.

Messi Breaks Goal Drought, Scores 6 consecutive Copa America Championship

Under Scaloni, Argentina is facing a new golden age by winning the Copa America title in 2021 and the Qatar World Cup in 2022. Messi, who has always shed tears on the threshold of winning a major tournament, achieved his dream by winning the Copa America title and the World Cup, which were his last dreams.

Argentina’s next goal focused on its third consecutive major championship. However, ace Messi’s condition was far from normal, which was a stumbling block. He missed the third match of the group league due to an injury. He played as the first kicker in the penalty shootout against Ecuador, but missed the goal, leaving a regret.

Nevertheless, Argentina won all three group matches thanks to the performances of fellow strikers Lautaro Martinez (four goals) and Álvarez (two goals) and Emiliano Martinez, who showed off his defense, before winning the quarterfinals with Ecuador on penalties to advance to the semifinals.

Above all, Messi did not score a goal in this match until the semifinal against Canada. However, he finally scored his first goal in the semifinal against Canada. Although it was a lucky goal, it is very hopeful that he carried a burden.

Messi has scored back-to-back goals in six competitions since 2007. He also has 14 goals for Copa America, ranking third behind only Nolberto Mendes and Gizinho (17 goals both).

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