Argentina Marches On: Messi and Alvarez Lead Team to Copa America Final

Argentina, led by the iconic Lionel Messi, defeated Canada 2-0 on Tuesday night to secure their place in the Copa America final for the second year running. The match, held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, saw Argentina dominate possession and create more chances throughout the game.

A Comfortable Lead

Argentina took control early on, with young striker Julian Alvarez opening the scoring in the 22nd minute. He weaved past two Canadian defenders before firing a shot past goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau. The Albiceleste continued to press for a second goal, with Messi looking lively but unable to find the net in the first half.

Messi Makes History

The second half saw Argentina extend their lead in the 51st minute. Chelsea’s Enzo Fernandez unleashed a shot that was deflected by Crepeau, and Messi pounced on the rebound to tap it in. This goal not only put Argentina firmly in control but also marked a historic moment for Messi. It was his 109th international goal, surpassing Iranian legend Ali Daei to become the second-highest international scorer of all time, behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s 130 goals.

Canada’s Fight

Despite the deficit, Canada didn’t give up. The absence of Alphonso Davies, who limped off with an injury in the 71st minute, was a significant blow to their attacking threat. However, they continued to fight for an away goal, forcing some good saves from Argentina’s Emiliano Martinez.

Key Points:

  • Argentina defeated Canada 2-0 to reach the Copa America final.
  • Goalscorers: Julian Alvarez (22′), Lionel Messi (51′)
  • Messi surpassed Ali Daei to become the second-highest international scorer (109 goals).
  • Argentina will face the winner of Uruguay vs. Colombia in the final.

Final Showdown

With the win, Argentina sets their sights on a potential second consecutive Copa America title. Their opponent in the final, to be played on Sunday in Miami, will be determined by the outcome of the other semi-final between Uruguay and Colombia. This could be a last chance at major silverware for some of Argentina’s senior players, including Messi, Angel Di Maria, and Nicolas Otamendi.

DISCLAIMER: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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