UEFA EURO 2024 Group C : Argentina V/s. Canada Match Preview and Lineups

UEFA EURO 2024 Group Stage

20 June, 2024 - Indian Date

Mercedes-Benz Stadium



05:30 AM


04:00 PM

Saudi Arabia

03:00 PM


FT: Argentina [2-0] Canada

Predicted Lineups:

Argentina possible starting lineup: Simon; Carvajal, Le Normand, Nacho, Cucurella; Pedri, Rodri, Ruiz; Yamal, Morata, Williams

Canada possible starting lineup: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bastoni, Calafiori, Dimarco; Jorginho, Barella; Frattesi, Pellegrini, Chiesa; Scamacca

Match Preview

The defending Copa América champions, Argentina, begin their title defense this Thursday against Canada, a Concacaf qualifier, in the tournament's opening game. Argentina, fresh off their 2021 Copa América and 2022 World Cup victories, aim for a third consecutive major trophy. Despite Lionel Messi no longer competing in the UEFA Champions League, his performance in MLS, with 12 goals and nine assists in 12 games, shows he still has the ability to create magic on the field. Messi is supported by Ángel Di María in a potential 'last dance' and a strong squad including Lautaro Martínez, Enzo Fernández, and Emiliano “Dibu” Martínez. In fact, 21 of the 26 players who lifted the 2022 World Cup are back for the Copa América.

Canada, on the other hand, is undergoing significant changes. With new manager Jesse Marsch at the helm, following a plateau in their success post-2022 World Cup qualification, Canada is looking to redefine their strategies. Key players like Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich and Lille's Jonathan David remain crucial, while newer faces such as goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau and center-back Moïse Bombito are expected to start, replacing some of the veterans from the previous cycle.

This will be Marsch’s third game leading Canada, and his third against a top 10 FIFA-ranked team. After a rocky start with a 4-0 loss to the Netherlands, Canada managed a goalless draw against France, showing some promise ahead of their opener against Argentina. Argentina, meanwhile, had a less challenging pre-tournament schedule, defeating Ecuador and Guatemala in friendlies held in the U.S.

Argentina’s recent triumphs have cemented their status as a powerhouse, ending a long drought with their 2021 Copa América win, their first continental championship since 1993. Canada, making its Copa América debut after being invited to the 2001 edition but withdrawing due to the tournament’s initial cancellation and subsequent reinstatement, will hope to make a strong impression. Matching their performance against France with another draw, this time against the world’s top-ranked team, would be a significant achievement for Canada. However, Messi and his team are determined to prove they remain the best on both the continent and the global stage.


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