Canada Crush Venezuela on Penalties to Reach Copa Semi Finals

Sat Jul 06 2024
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ARLINGTON: Canada have reached the semi-finals of the Copa America following beating Venezuela 4-3 on penalties after the 90-minute game ended 1-1.

Jacob Shaffelburg fired Canada into the lead in the 13th minute of the game but Salomon Rondon equalized in the 64th, before Canada triumphed in the shoot-out to set up a last-four meeting with Argentina. The Canadians are playing in the Copa America for the first time and produced a persistent display of pressing in what was a frantic sport.

Both sides failed to score from the spot twice in the shoot-out, leaving it at 3-3 following five penalties each and sending the contest into an unexpected death.

Canadians’ keeper Max Crepeau, who had made a key error for Venezuela’s equalizer, made amends as he saved Angel’s kick.

Canada played against Argentina in the first game of the group stage, losing 2-0 to the world champions and will start as huge underdogs again in the semi-final. Marsch believes his team could pull off another upset and reach the final in the mega event.

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