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Soccer-Canada makes statement with victory over Peru at Copa America

(Reuters) – Canada’s new coach Jesse Marsch called their 1-0 victory over Peru in the Copa America on Tuesday a big moment in their history, with their first victory over South American opposition in 24 years boosting their chances of reaching the knockout stage increases. .

Canada had failed to record a win or even score a goal since Marsch’s arrival last month. The country lost 4-0 to the Netherlands, drew 0-0 against France and had lost 2-0 to Argentina in the opening match of the Copa.

But Jonathan David’s second-half winner in tough conditions in Kansas City marked a turning point on Tuesday, Marsch said.

“When I look at the result, I know the boys are excited to make history,” he told reporters. “That was a big moment. But I look at it more as the situation the team found itself in. It was warm.

“First half we had a good start, but then Peru started pushing us… We talked about wanting to make a big statement, make history, to show that we are ready for bigger challenges.

“We responded very well in the second half. “I thought the substitutions we made brought all three players on and helped the game.”

Canada made full use of their numerical advantage after Peru defender Miguel Araujo was sent off early in the second half for a heavy challenge on Jacob Shaffelburg.

Peru’s national coach, Jorge Fossati, thought the Canadians were too physical.

“I don’t challenge the red card, but many others would,” Fossati said.

“I understand that this is a physical game, but it is not right for the opponent to push against your rival”

The win moved Canada into second place in Group A, level with Argentina, which plays Chile on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Janina Nuno Rios in Mexico City; Editing by Peter Rutherford)