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Canada scores winner against 10-man Peru after referee collapse for first Copa America win

Canada had to overcome a down-to-10 Peru and a collapsed assistant referee in the first half of Tuesday’s match in Kansas City to claim its first Copa America victory.

Lille forward Jonathan David, 24, scored the only goal of the match midway through the second half (74th), allowing the Canucks to win their first three points of the tournament and a first victory against a South American team since the final of the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup – a 2-0 victory against Colombia.

Assistant referee Humberto Panjoj had to be taken off the field on a stretcher during added time before the break at Children’s Mercy Park. Canadian goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau then urgently called paramedics to rush to Panjoj’s aid.

It is widely believed that the Guatemalan official was suffering from the effects of heat and dehydration. Temperatures in the stadium reached 91 degrees at the start of the game, with a felt temperature of 101 degrees and 51 percent humidity.

With Canada holding the majority of possession in the first half, Peru had the better chances, with Crépeau making a precise save to deny Piero Quispe, while Gianluca Lapadula saw a goal ruled out for offside.

Canada scores winner against 10-man Peru after referee collapse for first Copa America win

Canadian striker Jonathan David is mobbed by his teammates after scoring in the second half

The momentum swung in Canada’s favor after the break, as Peruvian defender Miguel Araujo was sent off following a VAR check for a tackle on winger Jacob Shaffelburg.

David scored after Cyle Larin made a long pass to Shaffelburg, who crossed. David took two touches and beat goalkeeper Pedro Gallese near the penalty spot, sending the ball to the far post. David is two behind Larin, Canada’s career scoring leader.

His goal was his 27th for Canada. It also ended the national team’s streak of 391 minutes without a goal. Twenty-six of his goals came in competitive matches.

Crépeau came to Canada’s rescue in stoppage time by twice denying substitute Paolo Guerrero’s efforts as the North American team held on to seal their first ever Copa America victory and draw level with Argentina , who will face Chile in New Jersey later Tuesday.

Canada and Argentina now lead Group A with three points each, while Peru and Chile have one respectively.

Canada was last in the group heading into Tuesday’s match after losing its opener to Lionel Messi and Co. in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Reds will next face Chile on Saturday in Orlando, Florida, to secure their qualification, while Peru will also play Argentina that day to boost their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the Copa America.

Peru reached the semi-finals in 2021 before losing to Brazil. He had failed to score in nine of his last 12 matches.

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