Alvarez strikes as Argentina reach Copa America final

10 Jul 2024
Julian Alvarez

Man City striker scores in 2-0 win over Canada, while Spain await Netherlands or England in EURO 2024 final

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Manchester City's Julian Alvarez scored the opening goal as Argentina beat Canada 2-0 to reach the Copa America 2024 final.

Alvarez put the FIFA World Cup 2022 champions ahead on 22 minutes in the semi-final with a close-range finish, before Lionel Messi struck six minutes after the break.

Argentina's starting line-up featured five Premier League players: Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, Chelsea’s Enzo Fernandez, Liverpool midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, Manchester United centre-back Lisandro Martinez and Tottenham Hotspur’s Cristian Romero.

Argentina will now face either Uruguay or Colombia in the final, which takes place on Monday 15 July, at 01:00 BST.

The second semi-final match will see Liverpool team-mates Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz face each other for Uruguay and Colombia respectively.

Semi-finals/final and PL representation
Argentina 2-0 Canada

Argentina (PL players: 8)
Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Enzo Fernandez (Chelsea), Alexis Mac Allister (Liverpool), Julian Alvarez (Man City), Alejandro Garnacho, Lisandro Martinez (both Man Utd), Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero (both Spurs).

Canada (PL players: 2)
Tom McGill (Brighton), Luc De Fougerolles (Fulham).

Uruguay v Colombia: Thurs 11 July, 01:00 BST

Uruguay (PL players: 3)
Darwin Nunez (Liverpool), Facundo Pellistri (Man Utd), Rodrigo Bentancur (Spurs).

Colombia (PL players: 5)
Jhon Duran (Aston Villa), Luis Sinisterra (AFC Bournemouth), Jefferson Lerma, Daniel Munoz (both Crystal Palace), Luis Diaz (Liverpool).

Copa America final

Monday 15 July, 01:00 BST
Argentina v Uruguay/Colombia

Spain reach EURO 2024 final

Spain took a step closer to UEFA EURO 2024 glory as they advanced to the final after a 2-1 comeback victory over France.

Chelsea's Marc Cucurella and Man City midfielder Rodri played the full 90 minutes as Spain, who won the competition in 2008 and 2012, now get ready to face the winner of Wednesday's match between Netherlands and England.

Semi-finals/final and PL representation
Spain 2-1 France 

Spain (PL players: 3)
David Raya (Arsenal), Marc Cucurella (Chelsea), Rodri (Man City). 

France (PL players: 3)
William Saliba (Arsenal), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Alphonse Areola (West Ham).

Netherlands v England: Wed 10 July, 20:00 BST

England (PL players: 24)
Dean Henderson (Crystal Palace), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal).
Defenders: Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Man Utd), John Stones (Man City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Man City)
Midfielders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Kobbie Mainoo (Man Utd), Declan Rice (Arsenal), Adam Wharton (Crystal Palace).
Forwards: Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Phil Foden (Man City), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).

Netherlands (PL players: 8)
Mark Flekken (Brentford), Bart Verbruggen (Brighton), Ian Maatsen (Aston Villa), Cody Gakpo, Ryan Gravenberch, Virgil van Dijk (all Liverpool), Nathan Ake (Man City), Micky van de Ven (Spurs).

EURO 2024 final

Sunday 14 July, 20:00 BST
Spain v Netherlands/England (Berlin)

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