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Copa América 2024: Argentina v Canada – live | Copa América

Argentina

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XI: Damian Martinez, Acuna, Molina, Romero, Lisandro Martinez, De Paul, Paredes, Mac Allister, Messi, Di Maria, Alvarez

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Subs: Armani, Rulli, Otamendi, Tagliafico, Pezzella, Lucas Martinez, Montiel, Rodriguez, Lo Celso, Palacios, Fernandez, Carboni, Lautaro Martinez, Gonzalez, Garnacho

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Canada

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XI: Crepeau, Davies, Cornelius, Johnston, Bombito, Stephen Eustaquio, Millar, Buchanan, Kone, Larin, David

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Subs: McGill, St. Clair, Laryea, Miller, Waterman, Hiebert, De Fougerolles, Piette, Osorio, Choiniere, Ahmed, Bair, Shaffelburg, Oluwaseyi, Russell-Rowe

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Hello and welcome to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for tonight’s Copa América opening match between Argentina and Canada. A sold-out crowd of more than 70,000 is expected as La Albiceleste launch their title defense in what could be 36-year-old Lionel Messi’s final act with the national team.

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The Copa América is the most prestigious trophy a South American nation can win outside of the World Cup and while the competition has traditionally been reserved for the 10 nations of Conmebol, organizers have occasionally expanded the field for special guest teams. This year’s tournament brings together 10 South American sides and six from North and Central America and the Caribbean in the second Copa hosted by the United States and first since the Centenario edition of 2016.

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Argentina, the reigning World Cup and Copa América champions led by Messi, Alexis Mac Allister and Lautaro Martinez, have won the title a total of 15 times, tied with Uruguay for most ever and more than third-placed Brazil (nine). Paraguay, Chile and Peru (two apiece) are the only other countries to have won it more than once.

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Lionel Scaloni’s side will be hot favorites tonight against a Canada team making their debut in the competition led by Alphonso Davies, Tajon Buchanan and Jonathan David.

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Atlanta is an underrated football hotbed and the scene tonight promises to be a cracker. At one point Atlanta United FC’s attendance ranked among the top 15 for any club in the world; last year’s average of 47,526 fell off from that mark but was still the highest of any team outside of Europe besides China’s Beijing Guoan.

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Kickoff is at the top of the hour and we’ll be back with the team sheets as soon as they’re distributed.

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Argentina vs Canada lineup

Argentina

11: Damian Martinez, Acuna, Molina, Romero, Lisandro Martinez, De Paul, Paredes, Mac Allister, Messi, Di Maria, Alvarez

subtitles: Armani, Rulli, Otamendi, Tagliafico, Pezzella, Lucas Martinez, Montiel, Rodriguez, Lo Celso, Palacios, Fernandez, Carboni, Lautaro Martinez, Gonzalez, Garnacho.

Canada

11: Crepeau, Davis, Cornelius, Johnston, Bombito, Steven Eustaquio, Miller, Buchanan, Cohn, Larin, David

subtitles: McGill, St. Clair, Larrier, Miller, Waterman, Hebert, de Fougerolle, Piette, Osorio, Choiniere, Ahmed, Baer, ​​Schaffelburg, Oluwaseyi, Russell Rowe.

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Good afternoon and welcome to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for tonight’s Copa America opening match, Argentina vs. Canada. Argentina will launch their title defence in what may be 36-year-old Lionel Messi’s final game for the national team, in front of a sold-out crowd expected to exceed 70,000.

The Copa America is the most prestigious trophy a South American country can win outside of the World Cup, and the tournament is traditionally played by only the 10 CONMEBOL member nations, although organizers sometimes expand the field to accommodate special guest teams. This year’s tournament features 10 South American teams and six from North, Central America and the Caribbean, and marks the second Copa hosted by the United States and the first since the Centenario tournament in 2016.

Led by Messi, Alexis Mac Allister and Lautaro Martinez, Argentina are the current World Cup and Copa America champions, having won the title a total of 15 times, equalling Uruguay for the most all-time and ahead of third-placed Brazil (9). Paraguay, Chile and Peru (2 each) are the other nations to have won the title multiple times.

Lionel Scaloni’s side will face a Canadian team tonight, led by Alphonso Davies, Tajon Buchanan and Jonathan David, making their first appearance in the tournament, and will be the favourites to win the match.

Atlanta is an underrated soccer mecca and tonight’s game promises to be amazing. Atlanta United FC’s attendance was once ranked in the top 15 of any club in the world, and while it’s down from last year’s average attendance of 47,526, it was still the best outside of Europe except for China’s Beijing Guoan.

Kickoffs will be on the hour and we’ll come back as soon as team sheets have been distributed.

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Brian will be here soon. In the meantime, here are our writers’ predictions for the tournament winner:

ArgentinaLionel Messi may no longer be the best player in the world, but he is still one of the best in the tournament, and combining his regular brilliance with a team that has proven its ability to win tournaments should ensure a successful title defence. John Arnold

ArgentinaI have no doubt that the winner will come from CONMEBOL, but picking the best South American team seems impossible. Still, Argentina has a top-tier squad and I’m 95% sure that Lionel Messi is the best player in the tournament. In terms of deciding factors, it could do a lot worse. Joseph Rowley

Argentina. Let’s be honest, this team is deep, experienced and thrives under pressure, and this could be Messi’s final tournament as national team captain, so that’s a good added motivation. Julia Ranney

UruguayMarcelo Bielsa has built a compact, competitive team with a clear idea of ​​what they want to do on the pitch. No individual player is better than the others, each player has equal presence on the field and works seamlessly together. No other country has been South American champion before, except for Argentina. Same number of times as UruguayBoth countries have 15 Each title. Raoul Bilkis

You can read the full report here:

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