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ARLINGTON, Texas: Canada advanced to the Copa America semifinals on Friday after beating Venezuela 4-3 after a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.

Jacob Shaffelburg gave Canada the lead in the 13th minute, but Salomon Rondon equalized in the 64th minute as Canada triumphed in the shootout to set up a last-four meeting with world champions Argentina.

The Canadians, under American coach Jesse Marsch, who only took charge of the team in mid-May, are playing in the Copa America for the first time and applied relentless pressure in a frantic game.

In the shootout, both teams failed to score from the spot twice, so after five penalties the score was 3-3, and the fight went to sudden death.

Canadian goalkeeper Max Crepeau, who made a big mistake in Venezuela’s equalizer, made amends to save Wilker Angel’s shot.

This gave Ismael Kone a chance to win the match. He converted with an ice-cold penalty to set off the celebrations in front of the 51,080, mostly Venezuelan, crowd.

Canada played Argentina in the opening match of the group stage, losing 2-0 to the defending champions, and will once again enter the semi-finals as huge underdogs.

But after showing remarkable energy and determination against a Venezuela side that won all three of their group games, Marsch will believe his side can overcome another loss and advance to the July 14 final in Miami.

Canada roared out of the blocks, giving Venezuela no time on the ball and taking an early lead.

‘Vinotinto’ goalkeeper Rafael Romo had to race out of his area to stop Cyle Larin as he raced to a ball over the top, but minutes later there was nothing he could do as the Canadians took the lead.

Jonathan David broke in from the right and winger Shaffelburg arrived just in time to slot the ball into the bottom corner.

Shaffelburg, a speedy left winger who plays for Nashville in Major League Soccer, then forced Romo into a leaping save and then delivered a low cross that David couldn’t finish.

Canada went for the collar and Richie Laryea pulled a ball across the penalty area, but the stretching David couldn’t reach it.

Larin missed a big chance just after the break when he found the ball in space inside the box but leaned back and fired well over the bar.

Marsch’s high-energy tactics began to wear on his players, and as they tired, Venezuela grew into the game.

Jose Martinez should have done better when a weak spot landed at his feet inside the box but he poked his shot wide.

But then a long ball was won by Rondon, who spotted Crepeau far off his line, and from 35 yards the veteran striker beat the stranded keeper with a perfect shot to make it 1-1.

Canada had late chances to win the game in regulation, but neither Liam Millar nor Tani Oluwaseyi, both substitutes, could provide a balanced finish.

With no extra time in the Copa America, it was straight to penalties, and after Rondon and David both converted, Yangel Herrera hit the post for Venezuela.

Millar then sent an effort over the bar, and after Tomas Rincon scored for Venezuela, Moise Bombito equalized for Canada.

But Jefferson Savarino hit the post and Canada’s Stephen Eustaquio saw a fine effort saved by Romo before both teams tied the score at 3-3.

Then, in sudden death, Crepeau swooped down to deny Angel leaving Kone with pressure for the win, which he handled furiously.

“Everybody needs to realize the respect this country and these footballers deserve,” Crepeau told Fox Sports.

“Everybody says ‘these Canadians’, well these Canadians are in the semi-finals of the Copa America.”

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