Argentina Secures Win Against Peru Without Messi, Canada Makes History in Copa America - Reportgist

Argentina Secures Win Against Peru Without Messi, Canada Makes History in Copa America

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Despite Lionel Messi’s absence due to a sore right hamstring, Argentina continued their flawless run in the Copa America with a 2-0 win over Peru in Miami on Saturday.>>>CONTINUE FULL READING HERE

Lautaro Martinez scored twice at the Hard Rock Stadium, securing Argentina’s place in the quarter-finals as the winners of Group A.

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Coach Lionel Scaloni, also absent due to a one-game suspension, saw his team make nine changes to their starting lineup. Nonetheless, Argentina controlled the game against a lackluster Peru, who managed only one shot on goal in a one-sided match.

Martinez broke the deadlock just after halftime with a goal set up by Angel Di Maria’s perfect through ball, which he expertly chipped over Peru’s goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.

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Argentina had a chance to extend their lead in the 72nd minute when Jesus Castillo’s handball conceded a penalty. However, Leandro Paredes’ spot-kick struck the post, keeping the score at 1-0.

Martinez added a second goal in the 86th minute, capitalizing on a long pass and finishing past Gallese, despite protests from Peru regarding a possible shove on defender Aldo Corzo. Referee Cesar Ramos allowed the goal to stand.

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“It was tough in the first half because they were defending deep, but the first goal opened up the game,” Martinez said afterwards. “There’s a lot more to come from us.”

Martinez, now on a scoring streak with goals in four consecutive games for Argentina, expressed his joy: “Every time I put on this shirt, every training session, every meal, every team talk, I enjoy it.”

Argentina will face the runner-up from Group B, likely either Ecuador or Mexico, in the quarter-finals in Houston next Thursday.

In another Group A match on Saturday, Canada secured a 0-0 draw against 2015 and 2016 Copa America champions Chile in Orlando, enough to advance to the last eight. Chile, needing a win to progress, faced a setback when Gabriel Suazo received a second yellow card and was sent off after just 27 minutes.

“It took a lot of hard work — it’s our first time in this competition and it’s not easy,” Canada captain Alphonso Davies said. “There are a lot of good teams and players here. But we stuck to our plan, played well, showed a lot of fight, and overall, we did well.”

Canada will play the winners of Group B in the quarter-finals.>>>CONTINUE FULL READING HERE

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