Lupa Kata Sandi? Klik di Sini

atau Masuk melalui

Belum Memiliki Akun Daftar di Sini


atau Daftar melalui

Sudah Memiliki Akun Masuk di Sini

Konfirmasi Email

Kami telah mengirimkan link aktivasi melalui email ke rudihamdani@gmail.com.

Klik link aktivasi dan dapatkan akses membaca 2 artikel gratis non Laput di koran dan Majalah Tempo

Jika Anda tidak menerima email,
Kirimkan Lagi Sekarang

Messi on Target as Argentina Beat Canada 2-0 to Reach Copa America Final

Editor

Laila Afifa

10 July 2024 18:02 WIB

TEMPO.CO, New Jersey - Defending champions Argentina booked their place in the Copa America final after goals from Julian Alvarez and Lionel Messi gave them a 2-0 win over Canada in Tuesday's semi-final in New Jersey.

Argentina will face either Uruguay or Colombia in Sunday's final in Florida, a match that could represent the last shot at silverware for several senior squad members including Messi, Angel Di Maria, and Nicolas Otamendi.

"Let's enjoy what we are experiencing as a national team, as a group. It is not easy to be in a final again, to compete again to be champions," Messi told TyC Sports.

"I'm living it as I have been living everything lately: enjoying it very much and being aware, as it happens to Fideo (Di Maria) and Ota (Otamendi), that these are the last battles."

Argentina have won a joint-record 15 Copa titles and reached the final six times in the past eight editions but Canada caused them real problems in the opening 20 minutes, Jacob Shaffelburg twice shooting wide from promising positions.

After soaking up the early pressure, though, Argentina went ahead when Rodrigo De Paul played through Alvarez, who ghosted in between two defenders to score with a tidy finish in the 22nd minute.

Argentina, 2022 World Cup winners and number one in FIFA's rankings, gradually took control and Messi had a chance to double their lead in the 44th minute when he created space in the box with some silky footwork before lashing his effort wide.

Canada nearly snatched an equalizer against the run of play in first-half stoppage time as Jonathan David sneaked in ahead of his marker to get on the end of a long throw, but his close-range shot was hit straight at goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

Messi had struggled with a muscle injury earlier in the tournament but appeared revitalized on a hot and humid evening at the MetLife Stadium.

He scored Argentina's second in the 51st minute, sticking out a boot to divert Enzo Fernandez's shot from the edge of the area past Canada goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau.

The goal moved Messi to joint fifth in the all-time Copa America scoring charts, level with Peru's Paolo Guerrero and Chile's Eduardo Vargas, on 14.

His 109th goal for Argentina also saw him surpass Iran's Ali Daei to take sole possession of second place on the all-time international scoring charts. Messi trails only Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 130 goals for Portugal.

Despite their two-goal cushion, Argentina had a nervy finish to the match as Canada substitute Tani Oluwaseyi tested Martinez with a crisp shot in the 89th minute before directing a glancing header wide a minute later.

For Canada, the defeat ended a remarkable run in which they defied expectations and performed better than their higher-ranked CONCACAF rivals Mexico and the United States, their fellow co-hosts of the 2026 World Cup.

"They're the best team in the world, but at the same time we had our chances in the beginning of the game," midfielder Stephen Eustaquio told Canadian broadcaster TSN.

"If we scored one of our chances, the story of the game would probably have been different. To get here, the last four of the Copa America, it's a big achievement."

REUTERS

Editor's Choice: Messi Wins Record Eighth Ballon d'Or for Best Player in the World

Click here to get the latest news updates from Tempo on Google News



Canada Inflation Cools to 2.7%, Bets Rise for Rate Cut Next Week

1 hari lalu

Canada Inflation Cools to 2.7%, Bets Rise for Rate Cut Next Week

Canada's annual inflation rate cooled a tick more than expected to 2.7% in June, largely due to softer growth in gas prices.


PSSI Chair Doesn't Want Riot Like in Copa America to Happen in Indonesia

2 hari lalu

PSSI Chair Doesn't Want Riot Like in Copa America to Happen in Indonesia

Chair of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI), Erick Thohir, says that he does not want riots like the one at Copa America to occur in Indonesia


US, Canada, Finland Launch Effort to Build Ice-breaking Ships as China and Russia Cooperate in Arctic

3 hari lalu

US, Canada, Finland Launch Effort to Build Ice-breaking Ships as China and Russia Cooperate in Arctic

The U.S., Canada and Finland will form a consortium to build icebreaker ships, a senior U.S. administration official said.


Canada Treated Like Second-class Citizens at Copa America, Marsch Says

3 hari lalu

Canada Treated Like Second-class Citizens at Copa America, Marsch Says

Canada head coach Jesse Marsch criticised the treatment North American sides have received at Copa America.


9 Countries with Best Healthcare Systems; Canada on the List

4 hari lalu

9 Countries with Best Healthcare Systems; Canada on the List

Read on to find out the list of countries with the best healthcare systems.


Canada Takes Step to Acquire Up to 12 Submarines to Guard Arctic

6 hari lalu

Canada Takes Step to Acquire Up to 12 Submarines to Guard Arctic

Canada, looking to shore up its defense of the Arctic, is moving ahead to acquire up to 12 submarines and has started a formal process.


Canada Insurers Investing in Fossil Fuels as Climate Risks Grow, Shareholder Group Says

8 hari lalu

Canada Insurers Investing in Fossil Fuels as Climate Risks Grow, Shareholder Group Says

Canada's insurers invested more than $14.30 billion in fossil fuels production, when climate change is driving up risks for the industry: report.


8 World's Top-Earning Athletes in 2024; Cristiano Ronaldo Takes the Lead

8 hari lalu

8 World's Top-Earning Athletes in 2024; Cristiano Ronaldo Takes the Lead

The world's highest-paid athletes are a constant source of fascination for many. Read on to find out the top earners in the world of sports.


11 Most Tourist-Friendly Countries in the World, Including Canada

13 hari lalu

11 Most Tourist-Friendly Countries in the World, Including Canada

Which countries are friendly to foreign tourists?


8 Countries That Ban Government Employees from Using TikTok Over Security Concerns

13 hari lalu

8 Countries That Ban Government Employees from Using TikTok Over Security Concerns

Several developed countries decide to block TikTok for their country's government employees due to some domestic concerns.