Canada stuns Venezuela in Copa America quarterfinal penalty shootout, advances to semifinals


Canada pulled off a stunning upset against Venezuela in the quarterfinals of the 2024 Copa America, winning a dramatic penalty shootout 4-3 after the match ended 1-1 during regulation time.

The victory sets up a rematch with reigning champions Argentina in the semifinals. Jacob Shaffelburg gave Canada the lead in the first half, poking home a cross from Jonathan David.

But Venezuela equalized in the second half through a spectacular 40-yard lob from Salomon Rondon, catching goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau off his line.

The match went to penalties, where the two teams traded successful spot kicks until the sixth round. Crepeau made a crucial save on Wilker Angel’s attempt, and Ismael Kone converted Canada’s final penalty to send them through.

The Copa America is South America’s premier international soccer tournament, featuring the continent’s top national teams.

Canada, making their debut in the competition, has now reached the semifinals, where they will face Argentina on Tuesday.

The Argentines defeated Ecuador on penalties in the quarterfinals as they seek to defend their title. Canada’s remarkable run in the Copa America has been led by head coach Jesse Marsch, who has guided the team to impressive victories over Uruguay and now Venezuela.

Despite missing star player Tajon Buchanan through injury, Canada has shown resilience and tactical discipline, with players like Shaffelburg and Alphonso Davies stepping up.

The semifinal clash between Canada and Argentina promises to be thrilling, pitting the tournament underdogs against the reigning champions.

Canada will look to cause another upset and continue their historic run in the Copa America, while Argentina will be determined to protect their crown.

The match will take place at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Tuesday evening

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