Copa America Semi-Final : Argentina vs Canada Match Preview & Lineups

Copa America Semi-finals

July 10, 05:30 AM - IST






Predicted Lineups:

Argentina possible starting lineup: E. Martinez; Molina, Romero, Li. Martinez, Tagliafico; De Paul, Mac Allister, Lo Celso, Gonzalez; Messi, La. Martinez

Canada possible starting lineup: Crepeau; Johnston, Bombito, Cornelius, Davies; Osorio, Eustaquio; Laryea, David, Shaffelburg; Larin

Match Preview

Canada and Argentina are set for a thrilling semi-final clash at the Copa America, with both teams looking to secure a spot in the final. This match, held at MetLife Stadium, is a rematch of their opening game where Argentina triumphed 2-0. Both teams reached the semi-finals through penalty shootouts: Argentina defeated Ecuador and Canada edged past Venezuela, with both matches ending 1-1 in regular time.

Argentina, the reigning champions, have been a formidable force in the tournament, conceding only once so far. Under Lionel Scaloni's leadership, they have maintained a strong defensive record and are on a nine-match unbeaten streak across all competitions. The team's key players include Emiliano Martinez, whose crucial saves were vital in their quarter-final win, and Lautaro Martinez, the tournament's top scorer with four goals. Lionel Messi, who returned from a hamstring precaution, continues to be a central figure despite missing a penalty in the shootout against Ecuador.

Canada, on the other hand, has shown significant improvement since their opening loss to Argentina. Jesse Marsch's side has tightened their defense, conceding just one goal in their last three matches. This is Canada's debut in the Copa America, and they have become only the third CONCACAF team to reach the semi-finals. Their journey has been marked by resilience and solid defensive performances, highlighted by Maxime Crepeau's crucial saves in the quarter-finals and Jacob Shaffelburg's goal against Venezuela.

Injuries could play a role in this semi-final. Canada's Tajon Buchanan is doubtful due to a broken tibia, while Argentina's Angel Di Maria was an unused substitute in the quarter-finals. Key players for Canada include Ali Ahmed, who replaced Richie Laryea, and Ismael Kone, who scored the decisive penalty against Venezuela.

This semi-final marks an important milestone for both teams. Argentina seeks to reach their first Copa America final as defending champions since 1959, while Canada aims to become the second CONCACAF team to make it to the final in the tournament's history. The match promises to be a competitive and closely fought encounter, with both sides eager to secure their place in the final.


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