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Johnston helps Canada into Copa America semi-finals

Canada's Alistair Johnston celebrates
Alistair Johnston is heading for the Copa America semi-finals [Getty Images]

Celtic right-back Alistair Johnston will face Lionel Messi's Argentina in Tuesday's Copa America semi-final after helping Canada continue their surprise run with a penalty shoot-out victory over Venezuela.

The 25-year-old played the full game as the sides drew 1-1 after extra time in Arlington, Texas, before the competition debutants prevailed at the AT&T Stadium.

Jesse Marsch's team had headed into the tournament as the lowest seeds in their group and again were underdogs against a Venezuela side who had won all three of their group games.

However, Canada won the shoot-out 4-3 despite a missed penalty from substitute Liam Millar, the Preston North End forward who had a spell with Kilmarnock from Liverpool.

In New Jersey, they will have to avenge a 2-0 group-stage defeat by World Cup winners Argentina, who also needed penalties to defeat Ecuador after a 1-1 draw, if they are to reach the final.