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Lionel Messi returns to scoring form just in time for Argentina’s Copa América title defense

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Lionel Messi is back on the score sheet, just in time for Argentina's Copa América title defense

In a crucial matchup at the Copa América, Lionel Messi finally found the back of the net, securing a 2-0 victory for Argentina over Canada in the semifinal at MetLife Stadium. The goal came in the 51st minute courtesy of Enzo Fernández, with Messi getting a touch on the ball as it slipped past the diving Canadian goalkeeper.

This win propels Argentina into the final in Miami on Sunday, where they will face the winner of the semifinal between Uruguay and Colombia. Meanwhile, in the Euro 2024 final on the same day, Spain secured a spot with a historic goal from 16-year-old Lamine Yamal, becoming the youngest player to score in the history of the tournament.

Messi’s goal against Canada marked his first in this Copa América tournament, taking his tally to 14 goals in 38 Copa América appearances. Despite his injury concerns throughout the tournament, Messi’s contribution has been crucial to Argentina’s success on the field. Coach Lionel Scaloni emphasized the importance of team unity and togetherness in achieving their goals.

The sellout crowd at MetLife Stadium was treated to a special moment as Messi notched his 109th international goal. Fans, many wearing Messi’s No. 10 jersey, showed unwavering support for their favorite player. With a chance to win three major championships in a row, Argentina stands on the brink of creating history, thanks in large part to Messi’s leadership on the pitch.

While Scaloni downplays the significance of statistical milestones, the focus remains on winning. Messi’s ability to lead by example and provide moments of magic continues to inspire his team towards glory. As Argentina prepares for the final, the question remains – can Messi lead his team to another major title, or will a new star emerge on the international stage?

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