It’s another big chance for the World Champions, Argentina, to win back-to-back Copa America. They will face off against Canada in the semifinal of the Copa America 2024 at MetLife Stadium, aiming to reach the final for the second consecutive time.

Canada have qualified for the semifinal for the very first time in their history. They were in the same group along with Argentina, Chile, and Peru. Although they lost to Argentina, a win over Peru and a draw against Chile secured their place in the quarterfinal. Surprisingly, Canada defeated Venezuela, who were the champions in Group B with three out of three wins, in the quarterfinal to reach the semifinals.

Argentina, on the other hand, are the favorite in this tournament and won all their group-round matches without conceding a single goal. But they had an intense fight in the quarterfinal against Ecuador, taking the game into penalties. However, captain Lionel Messi missed his first shot in the tie-breaker, but Emiliano Martinez stepped up as a hero to rescue the defending champions. He saved two shots to beat Ecuador on 4-2 penalties.

Coach Lionel Scaloni was not pleased with his team’s performance against Ecuador. “I need to watch the match carefully, there are always things to improve. I will analyze it better later. This time I didn’t enjoy anything. We are happy, of course, but this time I didn’t have a good time,” said Scaloni right after the match.

Team News

Argentine boss Lionel Scaloni will make a few changes when his team faces off against Canada in the semifinal. Angel Di Maria was surprisingly on the bench during the match against Ecuador, but he will come to the starting XI against Canada. As a result, Nico Gonzalez will lose his place in the playing XI.

Another change is likely to come in the attacking position. Lautaro Martinez, the leading scorer in this tournament with four goals, failed to find the net against Canada. Therefore, Julian Alvarez is the favorite to replace Lautaro Martinez in the front.

Lionel Messi was on the bench during the final group-stage match. However, Messi played the full 90 minutes in the quarterfinal and is fine to play against Canada.

As for Canada, midfielder Tajon Buchanan broke his tibia in training before the match against Venezuela and has not recovered yet. It remains to be seen whether he recovers before the seminal.

Possible Lineup for Argentina:

E. Martinez; Molina, Romero, Li. Martinez, Tagliafico; De Paul, Mac Allister, Parades, Di Maria; Messi, Alvarez

Possible Lineup for Canada:

Crepeau; Johnston, Bombito, Cornelius, Davies; Osorio, Eustaquio; Laryea, David, Shaffelburg; Larin

Prediction: Argentina 2-0 Canada

Argentina already defeated Canada in the group round, winning by a 2-0 margin. Argentina have been maintaining a rock-solid defense throughout the tournament and conceded only one goal after four matches. It will be very difficult for Canada to break the Argentine defense.

Betfair Odds

Argentina: 1.36

Draw: 4.89

Canada: 10.98

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