Argentina beat Canada live updates (2024)

Follow live reaction to Argentina’s Copa America win over Canada thanks to goals from Julian Alvarez and Lautaro Martinez

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Result: Argentina 2-0 Canada

  • Argentina beat Canada 2-0 at the Copa America
  • Julian Alvarez scored the opening goal of the game
  • Lionel Messi missed a number of chances, suffers injury scare
  • Lautaro Martinez scored a late second goal to make sure of win
GO FURTHERArgentina 2, Canada 0 takeaways: Halftime mind games and Maxime Crepeau’s impressive stops
June 20, 2024 at 10:55 PM EDTMichael Dominski·Live Reporter

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Peru and Chile get underway tomorrow

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With Argentina beating Canada in the opening match of the 2024 Copa America, let's take a look at the remaining fixtures in Group A.

Friday

  • Peru vs Chile in Arlington, Texas

Tuesday

  • Peru vs Canada in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Chile vs Argentina in East Rutherford, New Jersey

Saturday June 29

  • Argentina vs Peru in Miami Gardens, Florida
  • Canada vs Chile in Orlando, Florida

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June 20, 2024 at 10:48 PM EDTPaul Tenorio·Senior Writer, MLS

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Marsch calls for Argentina fine for second-half delay

After the match, Jesse Marsch spoke about Argentina's significant delay in returning to the field for the start of the second half: "When they were waiting, I knew that they were looking at video and they were analyzing how they wanted to play against us. Now, I wish again, the referees would manage that. If we were five minutes late, we'd get a fine. There'd be a big problem.

"Let's see what happens with Argentina. I think they have to be fined. How late were they? You guys? 20 minutes? 30? I don't know. It was a long time. But they had that time to prepare how they wanted to play against us in the second half, which if we would have known ahead of time that we could have an extra 10 minutes then we could have prepared some things more. But in the end, I just made sure that the players knew that they were going to come out with a new plan and they basically rotated a little bit more to three, but we still dealt with it."

Marsch then joked with reporters in the press conference: "Argentina should be fined. OK? Fined. Write that. Olé. La Nacion," Marsch said, a wide grin on his face. "They should be fined for coming out 20 minutes late for the second half."

June 20, 2024 at 10:40 PM EDTMichael Dominski·Live Reporter

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'Fearless performance from Canada'

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Canada supporters have been praising the performance of their team on our discussion page.

Artem K.: I don't think I remember a more fearless performance from Canada. It's fun to watch, but a lot of work for our goalie who has been on fire today.

Dom M.: Canada really coming on strong. A very good showing by Canada considering they are facing the world’s number one team. Canada should be proud of this effort no matter the outcome.

Simar: Shaffelburg really impressed me, plays with no fear, takes people on, it's exactly what we need but the whole team is missing the finishing needed to win these types of games. Lots of positives but we neeeeed our first goal under Marsch soon.

Simar makes a good point, as Canada have been outscored 6-0 in their three games under Marsch so far...

June 20, 2024 at 10:32 PM EDTMichael Dominski·Live Reporter

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Hello this is Lionel, how may I assist you?

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Lionel Messi's first career assist at the Copa America came in 2011. Since then, he has racked up 17 total assists in the competition while no other player has registered more than five!

His Argentina teammate Angel Di Maria and Alexis Sanchez are the two players to record five Copa America assists in that time.

June 20, 2024 at 10:26 PM EDTMichael Dominski·Live Reporter

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Alvarez: We deserved this

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Julián Álvarez: "It was important to win because it was the first game. The team deserved it, we had been working very well during the week."

June 20, 2024 at 10:24 PM EDTMichael Dominski·Live Reporter

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Emi Martinez: Argentina fight to the fullest

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Emiliano Martínez spoke about his teammates after the match: "We are going to create chances and score goals. We know we have a team with tremendous talent. It is a team that fights to the fullest."

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June 20, 2024 at 10:21 PM EDTMichael Dominski·Live Reporter

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Lisandro Martinez: 'A very tough match for us'

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Lisandro Martínez also spoke after Argentina's win: "It was a very tough match for us. The important thing is that everyone who comes in can perform at their best."

June 20, 2024 at 10:18 PM EDTMichael Dominski·Live Reporter

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Messi calls match tough, physical and complicated

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Speaking after full time, Lionel Messi spoke about his side's performance: "We knew it was going to be a tough match, very physical. In the first half there was little space. Luckily we found the goal quickly in the second half, but even so it was complicated.

"We have the patience to have the ball, to move it from one side to the other. Most opponents play differently against us, we have to keep control."

June 20, 2024 at 10:14 PM EDTMichael Dominski·Live Reporter

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Lautaro!

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You think Lautaro Martinez was pumped up to score?!

June 20, 2024 at 10:11 PM EDTMichael Dominski·Live Reporter

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Instant reaction to Argentina's win

Paul Tenorio, Felipe Cardenas and Joshua Kloke have been kind enough to bring us instant reaction of Argentina's win, delving into Argentina's potential halftime mind games, Canada's first-half chances and Maxime Crepeau's performance in Canada's goal.

Follow the link below to check out their talking points!

GO FURTHERArgentina 2, Canada 0 takeaways: Halftime mind games and Maxime Crepeau’s impressive stops
June 20, 2024 at 10:09 PM EDTMichael Dominski·Live Reporter

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Messi loves playing in the US

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With his assist on Lautaro Martinez's goal in the 88th minute, Lionel Messi has now contributed to 50 goals (30 goals, 20 assists) in 34 competitive matches for club and country in the United States.

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June 20, 2024 at 10:07 PM EDTThom Harris

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Canada created plenty of chances

Classic Argentina, kind of. Lionel Scaloni’s side have now won six of their seven competitive games since lifting the World Cup: 1-0, 3-0, 1-0, 2-0, 1-0 and 2-0 – but this was far from a total defensive shutout.

Canada had their moments, Jonathan David and Stephen Eustaquio both squandering headed opportunities from close range, while their total of nine shots on goal are the most that Argentina have faced in 15 games.

The defending champions will take the result, and the debutants will probably take the performance.

June 20, 2024 at 10:06 PM EDTJeff Rueter·Staff Writer, Soccer

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Davies gets Messi's shirt

The FS1 broadcast shows Alphonso Davies was the lucky player to swap shirts with Messi after the match. Neither team captain will be thrilled with their individual performance on the night, but at least they’ll have a memento of their night together in Atlanta.

June 20, 2024 at 10:05 PM EDTMichael Dominski·Live Reporter

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FT: Argentina 2-0 Canada

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Messi has a late chance on a free kick near Canada's box but Crepeau makes a simple save.

The whistle blows for full time and that's it for the opening match of the 2024 Copa America!

June 20, 2024 at 10:04 PM EDTMichael Dominski·Live Reporter

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Cornelius booked

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Cornelius takes out Messi with a late sliding tackle and is the latest player to be shown a yellow card.

Why Messi is still in this match after suffering that injury scare is anybody's guess.

June 20, 2024 at 10:02 PM EDTMichael Dominski·Live Reporter

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Argentina pushing for third goal

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90+3' Argentina 2-0 Canada

Argentina are continuing to attack here and nearly score a third as a shot carroms off two Canada players and rolls just wide of the goal.

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June 20, 2024 at 10:00 PM EDTMichael Dominski·Live Reporter

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Five minutes added on

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Lo Celso slides through Davies and earns himself a booking.

We're into five minutes of stoppage time here.

June 20, 2024 at 9:59 PM EDTJeff Rueter·Staff Writer, Soccer

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Julian vs Lautaro

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90' Argentina 2-0 Canada

Lautaro Martinez was a surprise omission from today’s lineup, with Julian Alvarez the preferred man up top. The two strikers are now this tournament’s first pair of goalscorers — suppose we’ve got a position battle on our hands for the next few games!

June 20, 2024 at 9:58 PM EDTMichael Dominski·Live Reporter

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Final Argentina subs

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Nahuel Molina and Marcos Acuna are replaced by Gonzalo Montiel and Nicolás Tagliafico.

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Argentina beat Canada live updates? ›

ATLANTA, June 20 (Reuters) - Defending champions Argentina beat Canada 2-0 in the opening match of the Copa America in Atlanta on Thursday with forwards Julian Alvarez and Lautaro Martinez scoring second-half goals to seal the victory.

What was the score between Canada and Argentina? ›

ATLANTA, June 20 (Reuters) - Defending champions Argentina beat Canada 2-0 in the opening match of the Copa America in Atlanta on Thursday with forwards Julian Alvarez and Lautaro Martinez scoring second-half goals to seal the victory.

Has Canada ever played Argentina in soccer? ›

Canada's impressive performance in a 2-0 loss to top-ranked Argentina at Copa America has come at a cost, with Canada Soccer saying one of its players was a victim of online racial abuse following Thursday's match in Atlanta.

How is Canada in Copa America? ›

Canada made their Copa América debut Thursday evening, losing 2-0 to defending champions Argentina at Atlanta United's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Inter Miami CF superstar Lionel Messi set up second-half goals from Julián Álvarez and Lautaro Martínez, souring a six-save night from Portland Timbers goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau.

Where was the Argentina-Canada game? ›

Argentina began its defense of the Copa América title with a 2-0 victory against Canada at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday.

Has Messi won a Copa America? ›

Lionel Messi won his first and only Copa America title in 2021 after Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in the final. After coming agonisingly close in 2007, 2015 and 2016, Lionel Messi finally won his first and only Copa America title in 2021 after Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in the final.

Who won the Copa America, Argentina or Canada? ›

Messi and Argentina overcome Canada and poor surface, start Copa America title defense with 2-0 win. ATLANTA (AP) — Lionel Messi's passing brilliance got Argentina off to a winning start in the defense of its Copa America title, overcoming Canada and a poor playing surface at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Is Argentina allies with Canada? ›

Canada and Argentina enjoy a close and multifaceted relationship, built on a commitment to multilateralism and share similar perspectives on many global issues, including peacekeeping, nuclear non-proliferation, human rights, the environment, strengthening democracy and combatting terrorism.

Has Argentina been in every World Cup? ›

In 18 World Cup tournaments, Argentina has 47 victories in 88 matches. The team was present in all but four of the World Cups, being behind only Brazil and Germany in number of appearances.

Has Canada ever won a soccer tournament? ›

Canada Soccer's Men's National Team Program have won three Concacaf Championships (1985 and 2000) as well as two Concacaf youth titles at the U-20 level (1996, 2006).

Can USA join Copa America? ›

The United States is one of six guest teams in the CONMEBOL confederation championship. No invitee from outside South America has ever won the tournament. Since 2011, only two of 12 have even reached the knockout rounds, with the USA and Mexico both advancing at the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

Which country won Copa America most? ›

Brazil – 9

Brazil have won the Copa America on nine occasions with their most dominant period coming between 1997 and 2007, when the South American superpower won four of five editions. The most recent triumph for Brazil came in 2019.

Is Copa America big? ›

The CONMEBOL Copa América (America's Cup, known until 1975 as the South American Football Championship) is the top men's quadrennial football tournament contested among national teams from South America. It is the oldest still-running continental football competition, as well as the third most watched in the world.

Why is Lionel Messi famous? ›

Lionel Messi (born June 24, 1987, Rosario, Argentina) is an Argentine-born football (soccer) player who received a record-setting eight Ballon d'Or awards as the world's top male player (2009–12, 2015, 2019, 2021, and 2023).

Did Canada win against Argentina? ›

Messi and Argentina overcome Canada and poor surface, start Copa America title defence with 2-0 win.

When Argentina vs Canada? ›

How many Argentines play soccer? ›

It is the one with the most players (2,658,811 total, 331,811 of which are registered and 2,327,000 unregistered; with 3,377 clubs and 37,161 officials, all according to FIFA) and is the most popular recreational sport, played from childhood into old age.

Do they play soccer in Canada? ›

Professional soccer in Canada is played in the Canadian Premier League and Major League Soccer. Canada also has many semi-professional and amateur soccer leagues. Canada's men's and women's national soccer teams are ranked 49th and 9th respectively in the FIFA World Rankings as of April 4, 2024.

Where is the 2024 Copa America? ›

What does Concacaf stand for? ›

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) was founded in 1961 and serves as the organizing body for 41 national associations, including the United States, and spans from Canada in the north to Suriname in the south.

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