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WC Qualification South America

  • 7 September 2013
  • • 08:00
  • • Estadio Nacional de Lima, Lima
  • Referee: P. Loustau
  • • Attendance: 39222

Peru 1-2 Uruguay: Suarez double edges Celeste closer to play-offs

The controversial Liverpool striker scores twice - once from the penalty spot - to seal an important three points in race for Brazil 2014 and becomes Uruguay's leading goalscorer

Luis Suarez will dominate the headlines after a two controversial incidents helped earn Uruguay a win in Conmebol World Cup qualifying.

The Uruguayans cemented their hold on fifth place in the South American standings after a 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in Lima.

Suarez, who was a surprise inclusion in the starting XI after a lack of match practice for Liverpool following his 10-game ban for biting an opponent. scored the opening goal from the penalty spot after going down easily in the area after a challenge by his marker.

The Liverpool striker then created more controversy by falling to the ground after minimal contact from Victor Yotun's challenge that saw the Peruvian defender given a straight red card.

Suarez then notched his second by smashing the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the penalty area.

The home side did ensure a nervy last few minutes for Uruguay after Jefferson Farfan's superb, curling free kick in the 84th minute but the visitors held on for victory.

Peru started the better of the two sides with Claudio Pizarro firing their best chance straight at Uruguay custodian Fernando Muslera after 12 minutes.

La Celeste's captain Diego Lugano was then lucky not to be sent off a few minutes later after a flying elbow against Farfan was deemed only a free kick.

Enter Suarez, who appeared to dive in winning the penalty for his first goal on 43 minutes before he reacted theoretically to minor contact from Yotun that saw the defender sent off four minutes later.

Peru were subjected to waves of attacks in the second-half with Suarez and Edinson Cavani linking up menacingly to provide regular threats on the home side's goal.

Suarez provided the final blow to Peru, as he picked up the ball on the edge of the area and drove a brilliant shot into the roof of net in the 67th minute leaving goalkeeper Raul Fernandez a spectator.

Farfan's brilliant dead-ball strike from outside the area gave Peru hope but they couldn't find an equaliser.

The Peruvian fans showed their disgust by throwing objects from the stands at Suarez in the latter stages of the game, upset at the performance of the striker.

Three points for Uruguay saw them hold a game in hand and a three-point gap over sixth-placed Venezuela with a possible play-off for a World Cup position looming against either Jordan or Uzbekistan from Asia if they maintain fifth spot.