Argentina Triumphs Over Canada with Second-Half Brilliance in Copa America Opener

Defending champions Argentina triumphed over Canada with a 2-0 victory in the Copa America opener. Goals by Julian Alvarez and Lautaro Martinez, assisted by Lionel Messi, sealed the win. Despite Canada's efforts, veteran Nicolas Otamendi's introduction stabilized Argentina's defense, securing a confident start for Lionel Scaloni's team.

Reuters | Atlanta | Updated: 21-06-2024 07:42 IST | Created: 21-06-2024 07:42 IST
Argentina Triumphs Over Canada with Second-Half Brilliance in Copa America Opener
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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. Canada timed their pressing to perfection to fashion a few chances in the first half, though it was Argentina who went closest to scoring through Angel di Maria but he squandered a golden opportunity after a driving run from his own half.

Lionel Scaloni's side made the breakthrough four minutes after the restart as Lionel Messi played a sublime pass to Alexis Mac Allister, who poked it away from advancing Canada goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau and into the path of Alvarez for a simple finish. Canada pushed hard after going behind but the introduction of veteran centre-back Nicolas Otamendi gave Argentina some much-needed stability at the back, before substitute Martinez slotted in from a Messi pass in the 88th minute to wrap up the win.

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