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Messi and Argentina End Canada's Copa América Run

 Messi and Argentina End Canada's Copa América Run

Lionel Messi of Argentina
Lionel Messi of Argentina walks onto the pitch to take the first penalty in the penalty shoot out during the CONMEBOL Copa America 2024 quarter-final match between Argentina and Ecuador at NRG Stadium on July 04, 2024 in Houston, Texas(Image-Getty) 

Lionel Messi and Argentina ended Canada's impressive run at the 2024 Copa América with a 2-0 semifinal victory. Messi scored his first goal of the tournament, and Julián Álvarez added another to secure Argentina's spot in the final.

Canada held their own against the reigning champions, with Jacob Shaffelburg threatening early on. However, Argentina's quality ultimately prevailed, with Álvarez scoring a classy goal and Messi adding a deflected effort.

Despite the loss, Canada earned credibility as a rising international soccer force under new head coach Jesse Marsch. They will co-host the 2026 World Cup with the US and Mexico.

Argentina awaits the winner of the Uruguay-Colombia match in the final on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, seeking a record 16th Copa América title.

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