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Participant rankings as Canada drop to 3rd place match

The Canada nationwide crew misplaced 2-0 to Argentina and Lionel Messi on the semi-final stage of their first-ever Copa America marketing campaign.

In distinction to what many have been anticipating main as much as the match, Canada appeared the higher aspect by means of just a few counter-attacks within the opening levels. Nashville SC winger Jacob Shaffelburg bought the higher of Gonzalo Montiel a few instances however fired his shot manner over the bar to ease the stress ranges of Argentina followers around the globe.

22 minutes in, the reigning champions discovered the opener by means of Julian Alvarez. Rodrigo De Paul performed Julian Alvarez by means of on aim and the Manchester Metropolis ahead completed with ease previous Maxime Crepeau to place La Albiceleste up 1-0.

Argentina then doubled their lead minutes into the second half after Enzo Fernandez’s strike from the highest of the penalty space deflected off the legendary Lionel Messi and trickled into Crepau’s aim. A VAR examine confirmed that Derek Cornelius was enjoying Messi onside because the South American nation inched nearer to a spot within the Copa America closing.

The reigning FIFA World Cup champions would go on to carry on to their 2-0 benefit for the rest of the match to seal secure passage to the ultimate, the place they will take the winner of Colombia vs. Uruguay. Canada weren’t essentially dangerous, it simply so occurred that their Copa America marketing campaign crossed paths with the very best nationwide crew on the planet.

Argentina will greater than possible be in a bodily battle no matter who they face off towards within the closing however will fancy their probabilities of repeating as Copa America champions.

Alternatively, Canada followers have loads to be enthusiastic about with their gifted crop of gamers that want extra time collectively below new head coach Jesse Marsch. The crew created a handful of real scoring alternatives early on however have been unable to actually take a look at Emiliano ‘Emi’ Martinez, and the CONCACAF nation will look to enhance within the closing third in time for a possible deep run within the 2026 World Cup.

Alistair Johnston, Cyle Larin, Richie Laryea

Canada have impressed of their first-ever Copa America run / Elsa/GettyImages

GK: Maxime Crepeau – 6/10 – Possibly might’ve executed higher on the opening aim, however his protection let him down bit time there. Not a lot else he might’ve executed on Messi’s deflected aim.

RB: Alistair Johnston – 6/10 – It might have been a tactical tweak from Marsch, however at instances Johnston and Laryea primarily switched when defending — which was attention-grabbing to see nevertheless it appeared to depart Canada a little bit confused in protection, too.

CB: Moise Bombito – 6/10 – He is been stellar to this point within the competitors however wasn’t unable to shake Alvarez off the ball for the opening strike.

CB: Derek Cornelius – 6/10 – Was unlucky to search out himself in an offside place on Argentina’s second aim as he was making an attempt to chop out the cutback move earlier. Cornelius did get dragged out of place previous to the aim, although, which introduced stress onto the Canada backline.

LB: Alphonso Davies – 6/10 – Received ahead on just a few events together with his blistering tempo to assist the assault. Nevertheless, his resolution making within the closing third wasn’t the very best.

RM: Richie Laryea – 6/10 – Gave Tagliafico issues down the right-hand aspect throughout the early goings earlier than faltering as the sport went on.

CM: Ismael Kone – 7/10 – Kone continues to enhance with every passing recreation and did his half to present Canada a preventing probability as a semi-final spot.

CM: Stephen Eustaquio – 6/10 – The FC Porto midfielder loved just a few stable moments in possession by weaving out and in of tight areas to progress the ball up the pitch. Nevertheless, it wasn’t sufficient to steer Canada to victory.

LM: Jacob Shaffelburg – 7/10 – Canada’s most spectacular participant within the first half discovered himself in just a few robust positions however was unable to maintain his shot down. Could not sustain his depth within the second 45 and was hooked 10 minutes after the restart.

ST: Cyle Larin – 7/10 – Displayed stable hold-up play and managed to hyperlink play collectively within the opening levels. Pale because the match wore on, although.

ST: Jonathan David – 5/10 – Virtually invisible by means of the primary 45 and did not present a lot within the second half as his contact let him down on a number of events.


SUB: Ali Ahmed (55′ for Laryea) – 6/10 – Tried to make issues occur down the right-hand aspect nevertheless it wasn’t clicking.

SUB: Liam Millar (55′ for Shaffelburg) – 6/10 – Could not present the spark that Canada wanted within the extensive areas.

SUB: Tani Oluwaseyi (64′ for David) – 6/10 – Did not actually deliver a presence up entrance alongside Larin.

SUB: Jonathan Osorio (71′ for Davies) – 6/10 – A few good moments on the ball however did not assist progress play.

SUB: Mathieu Choiniere (71′ for Eustaquio) – N/A


Jesse Marsch – 7/10 – Managed the sport effectively given the distinction in expertise between the 2 sides. Canada have been arrange for fulfillment early on however they simply could not put all of it collectively proper in entrance of aim which is not Marsch’s fault as he picked David and Larin to steer the road. It will be attention-grabbing to see how Canada get on below Marsch within the upcoming Gold Cup and Nations League competitions main as much as the 2026 World Cup.


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