Messi tallied an assist and Argentina started with a win at the Copa America

Football news 21 june 2024, 01:20
Kenley Ward Dailysports's expert Kenley Ward
Messi tallied an assist and Argentina started with a win at the Copa America Alex Slitz/Getty Images

On the night of June 20-21, the Copa América 2024 kicked off in Atlanta. In the tournament's opening match, the defending champions Argentina confidently defeated Canada.

Lionel Scaloni's team dominated the entire match but failed to score in the first half. The world champions netted their first goal in the 49th minute when Lionel Messi delivered a brilliant pass to Alexis Mac Allister, who then set up Julián Álvarez for a tap-in.

In the dying moments of the game, Messi provided another assist. Argentina orchestrated an incredible team move starting from their own penalty area, culminating in the reigning Ballon d'Or winner setting up Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martínez for a one-on-one finish.

In the second match of this group, Peru will face Chile on the night of June 22.

Argentina will play their second group stage match of the Copa América 2024 against Chile on June 26.

Copa America 2024. 1st round

Argentina - Canada 2:0
Goals: Alvarez, 49`, Lautaro Martinez, 88`

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