Canada blanked by Argentina in its Copa América debut

The Canadians valiantly went toe-to-toe with the World Cup champions but ultimately came up short.

Canada blanked by Argentina in its Copa América debut
  • Canada 0, Argentina 2 (Álvarez 49’; Martínez 88’) 
  • Canadians still looking for their 1st win under Jesse Marsch 
  • Argentina has lost just twice in 59 games dating back to 2019

If only three points were awarded for moral victories.  

Canada’s Copa América debut ended in bitter disappointment after it suffered a 2-0 loss to Argentina on Thursday at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium before a raucous crowd of 70,564. 

The Concacaf upstarts pushed and prodded Argentina for 90 minutes, causing the South American powerhouse plenty of fits with their brave attacking play. And coach Jesse Marsch’s side can take pride in the fact they largely kept Argentina’s high-powered offence in check, thanks in large part to a man-of-the-match effort from goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau.  

At the same time, the Canadians will be left scratching their heads and wondering what might have been after they valiantly went toe-to-toe with Argentina. This match marked Canada’s first ever competitive game against the reigning World Cup holders. It has to be said that the occasion hardly overwhelmed the Canadians who gave as good as they got and might have taken a share of the points on offer had they been more clinical in front of goal.