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ARLINGTON, TEXAS(SMI-GLOBAL-SPORTS-COPA-AMERICA USA 2024, JUNE 20-JULY 14, 2024)-FIFA World#48, Canada defeats Venezuela 4-3, in penalty kicks and historic debut in Copa America, advance  to semifinals rounds of the tournament @ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

With the historic victory over Venezuela, the Canadians advance to face World-ranked#1, Argentina in the semifinals next Tue. July 09, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford NJ.

The game began with both teams exchanging counter attacks in the first 10' minute barely missing the back of the net.

Venezuela on its first counter-attack through the left-side field, top-striker Salomon Rondon after receiving the ball from Jose Martinez shot a right-footed from inside the 18, ending on the hands of goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau at 02:30 mark.

Canada on its 3rd counter-attack through the right-side field opened the score to go on front 1-0, at 13', mark.The goal play was originated when defender Alistair Johnston gave a throwing pass to striker Jonathan Davis, and on a breakaway barely outside the 6-yard box passed the ball to Jacob Shaffelburg who shot a right-footed ending in back of the net at lower right goalpost.

In the second half, both teams battled and exchanged counter-attacks till Venezuela found the equalizer through Salomon Rondon at 64' mark. The goal was originated when Defender Jon Aramburu cleared with a long pass from the back field to Solomon Rondon who from 35-yards away scored with a chip shot over the head of goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau to tie the game 1-1, and send the game into penalty shootout to decide the winner.

In the penalty shootout, Canada outshot Venezuela 4-3, with Jonathan David, Moise Bombito, Alphonso Davies and Ismael Kone scoring for the Canadians while Salomon Rondon, Tomas Rincon & Jhonder Cadiz discounted for Venezuela.

With the win, Canada advance to the semifinals to face Top-ranked Argentina 
next Tuesday July 09, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford NJ.

Article Written by Marcello Cutti II/Starlight Illustrated


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