Copa America.. Canada knocks out Venezuela and sets up a date with Argentina

Canada beat Venezuela 4-3 on penalties on Saturday to advance to the semi-finals of the Copa America soccer tournament in the United States for the first time, after the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

The tie remained after each team took five penalties, before Canada goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau saved Wilker Angel’s kick, and IsmaĆ«l Kone then scored the winning kick for Canada, which secured Continue in the tournament.

“It’s an emotional situation and I’m very happy for all our fans,” Crepeau, who saved two penalties in the shootout, told television. “We worked hard and now we’re reaping the rewards of our hard work. It’s great to reach the semi-finals of the Copa America. I think everyone has to acknowledge that this country and its footballers deserve respect.”

“single goal”

Canada, who are making their debut in the tournament, scored just one goal in all three of their group stage games and started the match with an unusually aggressive display, and their efforts paid off in the 13th minute when Jacob Shaffelberg scored after receiving a cross from his teammate. Jonathan David.

Canada, led by coach Jesse Marsch, wasted several chances to extend their lead in the first half. Venezuelan goalkeeper Rafael Romo saved an attempt by Shaffelberg, while David’s shot went wide of the goal frame despite being one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

and then, Venezuela pressed In order to equalize, and it was the most dominant team in the ball, but it did not succeed despite two attempts by its top scorer, Salomon Rondon, which were saved by Crepo.

Canada’s Kyle Larin fired over the bar from close range in the 52nd minute. Two minutes later, Venezuelan Jose Martinez had a chance in Canada’s penalty area but also fired high.

In the end Venezuela succeeded The equaliser came in the 64th minute through Rondon, who took advantage of the advancing Canada goalkeeper and sent a perfect ball into the empty net, and this was Rondon’s 44th international goal, the former Everton and Newcastle United player.

Canada tried hard to score after that and Venezuela saved a great chance from Liam Millar in the 67th minute, before Tani Oluisi shot twice over the bar within four minutes to end regulation time with a goal for each team.

replay match

Canada has become the fourth CONCACAF nation to reach the Copa America semi-finals, after Mexico, Honduras and the United States.

In the semifinals, Canada will meet defending champion Argentina in New Jersey next Tuesday. The semifinal will be aUsually for the opening match. The tournament was played between the two teams, and Argentina won 2-0. The final match of the tournament will be held on July 14.

Venezuela’s exit from the tournament came after they achieved a perfect score and won all three of their matches in the group stage, and this performance is in favor of coach Fernando Batista’s first goal, which is to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time.

After the first six rounds of the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, the Venezuelan national team occupies fourth place in the list of ten teams, from which six teams will qualify directly for the finals, which are scheduled to be held between the United States, Mexico and Canada.

In the remaining quarter-final matches, Brazil plays Who failed to top their group, will face record 15-time champions Uruguay on Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada, while Colombia meets Panama in Glendale, Arizona.

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