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Jonathan David Secures Canada’s First-ever Copa America Victory Over Peru

A goal in the 74th minute by Jonathan David helped Canada earn a 1-0 win over Peru in the Copa America, marking the team’s first victory against a South American opponent in 24 years. Peru played a man down from the 59th minute after Miguel Araujo received a red card for a studs-up tackle, a decision made after a video review.

This victory is Canada’s first under new coach Jesse Marsch, appointed last month, and its first-ever in a Copa America match. The win also ended Canada’s 391-minute goal drought, with David scoring his 27th goal for the national team.

David acknowledged the significance of the win, which gives Canada a fighting chance to advance from Group A with their final match against Chile. The game was briefly paused in first-half stoppage time when an assistant referee collapsed and needed medical attention but was later stretchered off the field.

Canada’s win follows an opening loss to defending champions Argentina, while Peru previously drew with Chile. The top two teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals, with Canada facing Chile next and Peru taking on Argentina.

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