Argentina defeats Canada in Copa America opener

Argentina defeats Canada in Copa America opener

Under the eyes of more than 70,000 spectators at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Argentina, the main favorite of the competition, launched its Copa America with serenity against Canada (2-0). Title holder, in addition to being world champion and first nation in the FIFA rankings, the Albiceleste did not tremble against the courageous but too limited Canucks, and could have won more widely.

After a first period rather controlled by Lionel Scaloni’s men but without much domination, apart from opportunities for Mac Allister (39th) on the Argentinian side, and Eustaquio (43rd) on the Canadian side, the situation was resolved at the start of the second half. time. On a ball from Messi behind the defense, Mac Allister anticipated the exit of Crépeau, very solid otherwise, to serve Alvarez, who concluded in the empty goal (1-0, 49th).

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By playing his 35th match at the Copa America, Lionel Messi is now the player who has played the most matches in the history of the competition. He is now ahead of Chilean goalkeeper Sergio Livingstone (34 matches in 1941 and 1953).

Argentina continued to push afterwards but missed a lot, like Messi’s two huge chances on the counter-attack (65th, 79th). The Argentine captain, who gave up playing in the Olympics after the Copa America, ended up shining thanks to his passing quality, offering a caviar to Lautaro Martinez, who closed the score between the legs of Crépeau (2-0, 88th ). Now it’s time for neighbor Chile, which launches its Copa against Peru on the night of Friday to Saturday (2 hours).

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