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Lionel Messi guides Argentina to second-consecutive Copa América final; moves closer to Cristiano Ronaldo

Captain Lionel Messi delivered a match-winning performance against Canada in the first semi-final of the ongoing Copa América to guide Argentina into their second-consecutive final of the tournament.

The defending champions registered a comprehensive 2-0 win over the Copa’s last remaining Concacaf nation at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Argentina showcased their supremacy from the outset as Manchester City’s forward Julián Àlvarez penetrated the Canadian defence in the 22nd minute of the game and netted the first goal of the fixture.

Argentina dominated possession and went into half-time with a 1-0 lead. Canada’s attempt at a resurgence in the second half was dealt a major blow when Messi took centre stage and scored in the 51st minute.

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