Messi Scores First Copa America Goal, Leads Argentina to Final (2024)

Messi Copa America goal

Messi Scores First Copa America Goal, Argentina Cruises to Final!

Messi Copa America goal

Lionel Messi finally got on the scoresheet in the Copa America, putting Argentina on track for a second straight title. The legendary forward’s first goal came in the 51st minute, a tap-in from close range after Enzo Fernandez’s shot found its way through a crowded box.

Argentina Copa America final

This goal, though lacking the usual Messi magic, was enough to propel Argentina past a determined Canada. Julian Alvarez had opened the scoring in the first half, giving Argentina a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

The victory sets up a mouthwatering final against either Colombia or Uruguay, who play their semifinal on Wednesday. Argentina, the defending champions, will be looking to cement their dominance in South American football.

Messi Breaks Scoring Drought, Moves Up International Goals List

Messi’s goal wasn’t just his first of the Copa America, it also propelled him to second place on the all-time international goalscorer list. With 109 goals, he surpassed Iran’s Ali Daei (108), with only Cristiano Ronaldo (130) remaining ahead of him.

Canada Puts Up a Fight, Di Maria Makes Emotional Farewell

Despite the loss, Canada can be proud of their run to the Copa America semifinals. They outlasted teams like Brazil and the United States to reach this stage, showcasing their growing talent on the international scene.

For Argentina, the win was bittersweet. Veteran winger Angel Di Maria, playing in his final tournament for Argentina, received a warm ovation from the fans as he was substituted in the 78th minute.

Argentina One Win Away from Glory

With just one hurdle left, Argentina is poised to add another Copa America title to their trophy cabinet. They’ll need to be at their best in the final, but their experience and hunger for victory will be a daunting prospect for their opponents.

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