Venezuela v Canada: Copa América 2024 quarter-finals – live updates

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This game has had no shortage of breakaways. Venezuela play to midfield for Rondon, who races Bombito to the ball. Bombito ends up a yard away from the Venezuelan striker, which wouldn’t be such a concern if not for the fact that Crepeau has, for some reason, wandered 25 yards from his goal. Rondon simply chips it from just past the center circle. It bounces near the goal line and up into the top of the net.

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VENEZUELA WITH AN UNREAL GOAL TO LEVEL THE SCORE 😱🤯 pic.twitter.com/V17zWlgJV0

&mdash; FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 6, 2024

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A gloriously fast-paced and occasionally sloppy half of soccer ends with Canada still holding the lead. Venezuela’s attackers haven’t turned any turnovers into goals and haven’t troubled Crepeau that much, while Canada squandered two great chances and had another brilliantly saved.

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Deserved lead for Canada, but certainly not a comfortable one.

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David battles his way down the right and bulls his way into the penalty area, then spots Shaffelburg making a run a few yards away at the near-post. Quick, short pass, one-timer shot, goal from 6 yards out.

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CANADA TAKES THE LEAD 🇨🇦

Jacob Shaffelburg puts Canada on top 💪 pic.twitter.com/SiaqN3fDOc

&mdash; FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 6, 2024

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Transfermarkt says this bunch is worth 67.6m Euros, of which 25m is tagged to Girona midfielder Yangel Herrera.

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Salomon Rondon and Eduard Bello have two goals each. Jhonder Cadiz and Eric Ramirez each have one.

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Cadiz and Bello had the goals in the 2-1 comeback win over Ecuador. Rondon’s penalty was the lone goal against Mexico. They made a few changes to the lineup for the group finale and still coasted to a 3-0 win over Jamaica, but tonight’s starters are the same as the 11 that faced Mexico with the exception of Cristian Casseres in place of Jefferson Savarino, who did two stints with Real Salt Lake.

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Goalkeeper: Rafael Romo (Universidad Catolica, Chile)

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Left back: Miguel Navarro (Talleres, Argentina)
\n Center back: Yordan Osorio (Parma, Italy)
\n Center back: Nahuel Ferraresi (São Paulo, Brazil)
\n Right back: Jon Aramburu (Real Sociedad, Spain)

\n Holding mid: Yangel Herrera (Girona, Italy)
\n Holding mid: Jose Martinez (Philadelphia Union, MLS)

\n Left mid: Yeferson Soltedo (Gremio, Brazil)
\n Attacking mid: Cristian Casseres (Toulouse, France)
\n Right mid: Eduard Bello (Mazatlan, Mexico)

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Forward: Salomon Rondon (Pachuca, Mexico)

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That’s all.

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That goal was enough to earn a 1-0 win in that game, and Canada held on for a 0-0 draw against Chile to advance from its group in second place behind Argentina.

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David plays for Lille and is valued at 50m Euros at transfermarkt, as is captain/left back Alphonso Davies. The rest of the squad combined is listed at 81m. Not exactly the 805m it would take to buy all the players from Argentina’s roster at the transfermarkt valuation. Even the US team that flopped out of this event at home is valued at 345.6m.

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Tonight’s starting lineup, unchanged from the draw with Chile:

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Goalkeeper: Maxime Crepeau (Portland Timbers, MLS)

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Left back: Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich, Germany)
\n Center back: Derek Cornelius (Malmo, Sweden)
\n Center back: Moise Bombito (Colorado Rapids, MLS)
\n Right back: Alistair Johnston (Celtic, Scotland)

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Holding mid: Stephen Eustaquio (Porto, Portugal)
\n Holding mid: Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC, MLS)

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Left mid: Jacob Shaffelburg (Nashville SC, MLS)
\n Attacking mid: Jonathan David (Lille, France)
\n Right mid: Richie Laryea (Toronto FC, MLS)

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Forward: Cyle Larin (Mallorca, Spain)

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The Kids in the Hall.

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Rush.

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Georges St-Pierre.

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Sarah McLachlan.

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Metric. (Trust me. Look them up on your favorite streaming service.)

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Several stalwart Saturday Night Live cast members.

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A lot of hockey players.

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Canada has given a lot to the world and sought so little in return. They haven’t even won an NHL championship in three decades and change.

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Might they claim a World Cup before they claim another Stanley Cup?

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Maybe we shouldn’t get carried away. But these Canadians are showing that its soccer prowess isn’t limited to controversial losses to the US women’s team and the avenging thereof. In the last World Cup qualifying cycle, Canada’s men finished first in Concacaf, beating the USA and Mexico north of the border and earning draws in Nashville and Mexico City.

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And now, in this combined Concacaf-Conmebol extravaganza, Canada is the last of the large North American countries left standing. (Panama is the other remaining Concacaf team.)

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Tonight’s opponent is even more of a surprise. Fifa has hosted the World Cup nearly every four years since 1930 without Venezuela’s presence. In the last two qualification cycles, Venezuela finished last in Conmebol’s brutal 10-team double round-robin. Tonight, they can match their best-ever international performance by reaching the semi-finals of the Copa América for just the second time, having last advanced this far in 2011.

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So this game will be a bit of a gear shift after today’s spectacular Euro doubleheader with four of the most glamorous national teams in the world playing a game of “let’s see who can come closest to scoring without actually doing so.” But if you like underdog stories, you’re bound to enjoy this game no matter the outcome.

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86 min: Not sure what Johnston was doing that far up the field, but he turns expertly onto a ball from Ahmed and forces a tough save from Romo.

85 min: A chance in an alternate timeline for Venezuela – one in which Rondon wasn’t a full yard offside when he took the through ball. He still gets a chance to shoot, and Crepeau makes a spectacular foot save before the flag finally goes up and the whistle is blown.

83 min: Chance for Venezuela, but it’s not getting the bold-face treatment because the shot was taken so poorly. Navarro stretches out a foot and sends his shot far over the bar.

Savarino (the former Real Salt Lake man) comes in, as does Matias Lacava – for his international debut. Jumping into the deep end, apparently. The dangerous Soteldo is out, as is Bello.

81 min: CHANCE for Canada, and it’s once again the impressive Oluwaseyi, bringing down a ball that David chipped over a couple of defenders. Romo comes out to cut down the angle, and Oluwaseyi’s best option is to chip it. The ball lands on top of the net.

Sub – Ismael Kone replaces Osorio for Canada.

79 min: Corner kick to Venezuela, though I’d like to see a replay to see if anyone was offside in the buildup.

They take it short, and one simple cutback move leaves two Canadian defenders flailing.

77 min: CHANCE for Canada, with Oluwaseyi firing just over the bar as he corrals a through ball. Promising.

76 min: Cornelius needs some treatment after taking an arm to the head.

72 min: Interesting double substitution for Canada. Larin and Laryea, who’ve been dangerous but wasteful, are out. Tani Oluwaseyi and Ali Ahmed are in. This is Ahmed’s first action of the tournament.

71 min: Reminder – there is no extra time in these games. This would go straight to PKs.

68 min: CHANCES for Canada, and these are a little bit better. Millar has made an impact as a sub, and he shoots from an acute angle, possibly nicking the far post.

Gooooooal! Venezuela 1-1 Canada (Rondon 65)

This game has had no shortage of breakaways. Venezuela play to midfield for Rondon, who races Bombito to the ball. Bombito ends up a yard away from the Venezuelan striker, which wouldn’t be such a concern if not for the fact that Crepeau has, for some reason, wandered 25 yards from his goal. Rondon simply chips it from just past the center circle. It bounces near the goal line and up into the top of the net.

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VENEZUELA WITH AN UNREAL GOAL TO LEVEL THE SCORE 😱🤯 pic.twitter.com/V17zWlgJV0

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64 min: This is horrible from Sampaio. Absolutely horrible. Comically awful officiating.

Canada crosses, and Larin ends up in a foot race with Romo, the keeper. Romo plays it out. Larin tries to take the throw-in quickly, and Romo simply grabs the ball to stop him from doing so.

Textbook yellow card. Mandatory. But Sampaio stops play and allows Romo to get back in goal.

And then …

61 min: CHANCE for Canada, and Laryea made an absolute mess of it. A turnover left him going 2-on-1, and he just dribbled aimlessly into the penalty area with no convincing attempt at a shot or a pass.

Shaffelburg has done everything a human being can do in this game, so he leaves, replaced by Liam Millar.

59 min: Larin is in the assistant referee’s face, thinking he has earned a corner kick. The call is goal kick. Not sure the call shouldn’t be free kick.

Venezuela brings in Jhonder Cadiz, who had a goal in the group stage.

58 min: CHANCE for Venezuela, and Crepeau leaps majestically to tip over Bello’s deft chip from an acute angle. Nearly one of the best goals of the tournament.

56 min: This game is getting brutal. Navarro slides studs-up into Osorio, which finally draws a whistle from referee Sampaio but not a card.

A lot of youth soccer referees hesitate to give cards because then they have to write a report. I’d think that wouldn’t dissuade someone at this level.

54 min: CHANCE for Venezuela, and Martinez sends a shot over the bar from 10 yards out. Unlike Larin, he didn’t have a lot of time, and the ball wasn’t in a great spot.

53 min: CHANCE for Canada, and it’s another one squandered. A cross gets through to Larin, who has all day to play the ball 15 yards from goal but rushes a shot over the bar.

These misses may come back to haunt Canada like a sentimental Arcade Fire song.

52 min: “That looked like a foul from here” is becoming a common refrain.

50 min: Soteldo has switched from the left to the right flank, and he draws a foul from Cornelius. That’ll be the second yellow card to Canada on the evening.

49 min: Venezuela have a firm grip on the game so far in this half, but they’ll need to tend to Ferraresi after the center back took a nasty tumble upon landing from an aerial duel.

47 min: Soteldo is a fun player to watch, a live wire who darts in different directions and still maintains possession. He might maintain it too long, though, because he tends not to make any sort of connection with his Venezuelan teammates.

And we’re back …

After I add Rachel Homan to the list of great Canadians.

Mailbag

Matan Prilleltensky is surprised that I’m not Canadian. To make it even more surprising – I am a member of a curling club.

James Roberts says Canada looks like a soccer nation tonight. Jesse Marsch will surely have some points of emphasis about the defense and the need to tidy up their passes, but yes, they’ve been sharp in attack.

Or as Philip Bull puts it: “Balanced as it is on the knife edge of skill and haplessness, this is pure entertainment.”

Liz White adds the Parachute Club, a band with which I’m not familiar to the list of famed Canadians, along with an actual soccer player: “You have to include Craig Forrest in your list of Canadians. One of 13 internationals in the first season of the Premier League, Canada’s MNT captain and mvp of the Gold Cup tournament that Canada won. Before that win I was usually about a third of the Canadian support at “home” games at Varsity Stadium in Toronto.”

And Paul P takes issue with the omissions of kd lang and Gordon Lightfoot. Sometimes, I think it’s a shame when I overlook someone like that.

Halftime: Venezuela 0-1 Canada

A gloriously fast-paced and occasionally sloppy half of soccer ends with Canada still holding the lead. Venezuela’s attackers haven’t turned any turnovers into goals and haven’t troubled Crepeau that much, while Canada squandered two great chances and had another brilliantly saved.

Deserved lead for Canada, but certainly not a comfortable one.

45 min +3: I counted four players getting knocked to the ground, all likely legal, on one sequence while Venezuela attacked.

Canada go the other way, and Shaffelburg is dumped to the ground again. That might have been a foul.

45 min +1: Whatever Venezuela tried to do on that free kick must have looked cool on the training ground. Here, it’s a turnover.

45 min: We’ll have four minutes of stoppage time.

Venezuela have used the first of those minutes setting up a free kick from 30 yards out.

44 min: Good possession for Canada with a couple of half-dangerous crosses.

Venezuela get back to midfield, and Rondon angrily lectures Laryea about something. No idea what.

41 min: Venezuela lofts the ball toward a precise point at which two attackers and two defenders converge, and a couple of them end up down on the ground. Alistair Johnston stays there and will require help. Crepeau has to scream and yell to get referee Sampaio’s attention at the other end of the field, where Casseres hauled down David on the counterattack to give Canada a free kick.

40 min: Canada has to deal with a bit of pressure, but they play over the top and win a throw-in deep in Venezuela’s half.

Then Crepeau decides Romo isn’t the only keeper who can venture out of his area, and he ends up with the ball at his feet at least 40 yards from his goal. That’s one way to unnerve your coach.

37 min: They’re still playing at indoor soccer pace, apropos in a stadium with the roof closed but a difficult pace to endure when you don’t have indefinite substitutes.

I did see that the indoor MASL is keeping all its teams intact for next season. Congratulations.

35 min: You don’t see this every day. Shaffelburg tries to re-enter the game before a Venezuela free kick, but he apparently didn’t have permission from the referee, and that’s a yellow card, as I know from my annual recertification exams.

(If I gave Under-12 players yellow cards when that happened, we’d finish with no players left on the field.)

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