Argentina v Canada: 2024 Copa América semi-final – live updates

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Argentina not watch any video of Canada’s first games? Shaffelburg again gets into space and finds room to shoot. It goes wide, but Argentina will have to have a few questions of their defense right now.

Our officials tonight are from Chile:

Referee: Piero Maza
AR1: Claudio Urrutia
AR2: Jose Retamal
Fourth official: Cristian Garay
Fifth official: Juan Serrano
VAR: Juan Lara
AVAR: Edson Cisternas

Argentina.Canada after a wayward pass amongst the Argentinian bank ranks, but it comes to little.

But after Argentina’s first attack, Canada break quickly and win a corner kick.

Argentina to pass from side to side.Argentina is wearing Argentina blue and white.US sports events don’t start at the top of the hour, Copa matches have been rather punctual.

So … we’re almost ready to go.

Canada at 9 to 1. So you’re saying there’s a chance?”

Drake apparently bet $300k, so he’d be looking at throwing another couple of million dollars on the pile.


Justin Kavanagh: “Good evening Beau. How lucky we are to get to watch two great international sides, Argentina and Spain, on the same day. Hopefully, we’ll get to see both in action again on Sunday (no offence, Canadians). Which got me wondering, how many times have they met each other in top-level competitive football? Only once, it turns out, at the 1966 World Cup (Argentina 2-1 Spain, since you ask). What a final that would make in 2026! And just think, Lamine Yamal will be a wily, 18-year old veteran by then.”

Given Yamal’s breathtaking goal today and Argentina’s uneven performances in the Copa so far, I think Spain would reverse that 1966 score rather easily.


Niall O’Keeffe: “Fair play for doing the minute by minute for Canada’s biggest game ever. 2022 World Cup games included. Lived in Toronto for 15 years and was a Toronto FC season ticket holder. This team is the best national team Canada has had. As someone who proudly holds dual Irish and Canadian citizenship, I have NOWTV ready to go for the match at 01:00 Irish time. Shoutout to my son Aidan who drove down from Toronto to New Jersey for this game. And to my former team mate Greg Dee who is a huge fan of the team and is also there (and went to the 2022 World Cup). Go Canada! Will be close.”

I enjoy doing the MBM, but I’ll trade you if it means I can be in Dublin right now. Or Ballyferriter, where I plan to set part of the novel I’ll get around to writing one day.

expected assisted goals), which raises the question of whether his critics are looking at the wrong part of the team.

ON THE BENCH … Lautaro Martinez, who has four goals.

the people who calculate such things.

Alongside him, Ismaël Koné (Marseille) returns to the starting lineup.

Attacking mid Jonathan David (Lille) is tied for the team lead in goals (1) and key passes (5) with …

… left wing Jacob Shaffelburg (Nashville), who seemed to be taking on the whole Venezuelan team by himself.

Right wing Richie Laryea (Toronto) was a substitute in the group-stage opener against Argentina and has been subbed off in his three starts.

Forward Cyle Larin (Mallorca) will need to raise his game if Canada are to have a chance tonight.

Copa América mismatches?

Mighty Canada against … who? Argentina?

Who does Argentina even have? That’s their best player? The guy who looks like he’s about 5-foot-2? How old is he? He’s 37???!!! And he plays for some team in Miami?! Guess he couldn’t find any decent teams in Argentina.

Canada has a lot of good teams. The Vancouver Whitecaps. Toronto FC. CF Montréal. FC Edmon- … what? Oh, they’re not around any more? Well, still – that’s three.

If the United States can’t beat Canada, what chance does Argentina have?

Yes, obviously, this is tongue-in-cheek. A Canadian win tonight would be one of the biggest upsets in the history of international soccer. Watch with me to see if it happens, won’t you?

Canada have made it this far:

Canada have the best player in Concacaf in Alphonso Davies. Their midfield features Porto’s Stephen Eustáquio and Ismaël Koné, who will move from Watford to Marseille this summer. Jonathan David and Cyle Larin form a dangerous forward partnership at the top of manager Jesse Marsch’s customary 4-2-2-2 shape.

Marsch’s influence on this Canada team is unmistakable, despite having only been hired in May. The American manager has coached just six games in his new post, leading the charge in two pre-Copa friendlies against the Netherlands and France before his team’s group stage began with a 2-0 loss to Argentina. Canada couldn’t hold on in that match with the reigning world champions, but they were impressive for 45 minutes. They equaled Argentina’s shot count and went into the break tied at 0-0 before fading in the second half.

There’s no shame in coming up short against Argentina, of course. More than the obvious gap in quality between the two teams and more than the loss itself, there was a crucial takeaway from the tournament opener: Canada came to play.

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