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Argentina vs Canada Copa America live stream, confirmed team news and predicted XIs

By Squawka News

Published: 16:40, 8 July 2024

Argentina face 2024 Copa America surprise package Canada in East Rutherford, New Jersey in the early hours of Wednesday morning for a place in the final.

The defending champions and 2022 World Cup winners were made to sweat in the quarter-finals, overcoming Ecuador in a penalty shootout, after talisman Lionel Messi had missed their opening spot kick.

Canada also came through on penalties against Venezuela in the quarters and the Canucks’ reward is a rematch from the tournament opener when Argentina beat them 2-0 in Georgia.

They go again at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey with kick-off at 1am UK time on Wednesday.

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How did Argentina and Canada reach the semi-finals?

These sides met in the 2024 Copa America curtain raiser, with Julian Alvarez and Lautaro Martinez scoring the second-half strikes that ensured La Albiceleste ran out 2-0 winners in Atlanta.

Martinez went on to score three more goals as Argentina beat Chile and Peru to top Group A without conceding a goal.

Canada, meanwhile, had a second-half goal from Jonathan David to thank as they beat Peru to earn a first win in their Copa America debut. A goalless draw with Chile followed, meaning Jesse Marsch’s side progressed as runners-up despite scoring only once in three games.

Jacob Shaffelburg put the Canucks ahead in the quarters against Venezuela, but a superb lobbed effort from veteran striker Salomon Rondon in the second half ensured a draw and a penalty shootout to follow. Venezuela only scored three of their six from the spot, leaving Canada to go through.

Lisandro Martinez put Argentina in front in their quarter-final with Ecuador but they failed to heed the warning when Enner Valencia hit the post with a second-half penalty and were made to pay in stoppage time as Kevin Rodriguez levelled.

Messi’s dinked penalty cleared the crossbar to heap pressure on the holders but, once more, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez stood tall in the shootout to save his side.

Argentina vs Canada team news

Lautaro Martinez leads the scoring charts with his four goals heading into the semi-finals and will hope to get the nod once more over Julian Alvarez up top.

Nicolas Otamendi came on for Enzo Fernandez against Ecuador and may also hope to start if Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni decides to change shape.

Tajon Buchanan suffered a broken tibia in training last week and will  miss out for Canada, undergoing surgery that will rule him out for four to five minutes. Vancouver Whitecaps wing-back Ali Ahmed looked good in his cameo against Venezuela and will hope for more game time.

Argentina v Canada predicted line-ups

Argentina (4-4-1-1): E. Martinez; Molina, Romero, Li. Martinez, Tagliafico; De Paul, Mac Allister, Lo Celso, Gonzalez; Messi, La. Martinez

Canada (4-2-3-1): Crepeau; Johnston, Bombito, Cornelius, Davies; Osorio, Eustaquio; Laryea, David, Shaffelburg; Larin

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