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20 July 2011
• Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires
Referee: R. Orozco
L. Suárez 53', 58'
90' + 3'
Game over! Uruguay are in the final of the 2011 Copa America!!! The Suarez brace sends them through!
90' + 1'
Three added minutes. Uruguay are all but in the final as they look for their 15th title!
Muslera!!! A dangerous ball sent into the cross to find Guerrero is knocked out by the goalkeeper, who just got a hand to it!
Peru are advancing late! A goal needs to come now! Guerrero is the focus, but the defence is positioned well to deny them!
GUERRERO!!!!! WHAT A RECOVERY FROM MUSLERA! The striker's shot from deep hits the hands of the goalkeeper, who fails to control the curving ball well as it rolls towards the by-line before he dives to grab the ball before it enters! What an end to the game we would seen had the ball entered the net! Peru look done!
Little time left for Peru. Shots are coming from way out as the defence for Uruguay remains unbreakable.
Penalty kick? Oh no! The ball appears to hit Lugano's hand in the box, but it is not rewarded as Guerrero is in disbelief!
Yellow CardCarlos Lobatón
Peru have a chance off a corner kick, sending in another ball after the clearance. The defence of Uruguay is proving too tough to defeat!
Muslera with a nice save! Off a corner from Peru, the goalkeeper is positioned well to keep out a header from the red and white attackers!
Vargas is off!!!! Straight red card! Coates comes from behind to take the ball from the Fiorentina star, but the Peruvian sends an elbow flying backwards that strikes the defender right in the mouth. The ref saw it all.
Red CardJuan Vargas
Yellow CardDiego Lugano
Lugano given a yellow for an elbow on the face of Guerrero outside the box
Vargas!!! He goes for the bicycle kick from inside the box to try and catch Muslera off guard, but the ball flew over the top of the goal as the frustration builds for the Peruvians.
Peru found the back of the net twice in the last ten minutes against Colombia. Can they repeat their feat against Uruguay too?
Yellow CardA. Balbín
Suarez is now tied for top scorer with three goals, alongside Sergio Aguero of Argentina.
GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL FOR URUGUAY!!!! IT IS SUAREZ AGAIN!!!!! The Liverpool star finds the net after A. Pereira sends him through with a well-placed ball over the defence of Peru. The striker, alone charging towards goal, cuts past Fernandez at the top of the box and finishes into the open net with ease!
GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL URUGUAY!!!!!!!!!! Forlan sends a bullet shot from 35 metres out that Fernandez can't control, pushing to the left of the goal where Suarez finishes with a low shot as the goalkeeper could not recover in time. 1-0 to Uruguay!
In the opening few minutes, the ball has stayed in the attacking half for Peru. The ball will certainly find the feet for Vargas for dangerous crosses. Uruguay are looking to Suarez down the flanks.
The second half has begun. Here we go!
GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! NO! NO! OFFSIDE!!! PERU CATCH A BREAK! Off a set piece, Forlan sends a ball to the box that Lugano directs towards the goal with a light header. A. Pereira, as always, is in the right place to put the ball away from close but is called offside. The defender nearly drew level with Sergio Aguero for top scorer!
The defenders of Peru are attentive! Uruguay continue to exploit the flanks, but the boys at the back recover well in front of goal to aid Fernandez. The ball goes out for a corner but two chances from Forlan produce little as a foul in the box sees the ball go to the white and red.
Uruguay are using the space well as Forlan sends A. Pereira down the line from the middle of the field. The defender sends a cross into the box, but the defenders of Peru eliminate the threat with ease.
The ball seems to go from one end to the pitch to the other in the matter of seconds. Peru fail to clear as Uruguay have a chance in the box, but Lugano can't get a touch on the ball to send it home with a volley. Fernandez picks it up and Peru go on the counter, but Advincula's cross finds nobody in the box. 15 minutes to go in the first half. Will one nation strike before the break?
Forlan finds A. Pereira charging down the left side of the box where the defender attempts a shot on goal, but the Peru defence did well to slide and block the shot.
Yellow CardWalter Gargano
The game is as open as it has been since the ref initiated play. Peru look move creative, but Uruguay have more of the ball. A corner from Uruguay to come.
WHAT A BALL BY VARGAS!!! The powerful midfielder shows his ability to beat a defender on the flank before sending a beautiful, low ball across the middle of the box. Two attackers from Peru failed to get a touch on it with a diving effort. What a chance!
It feels like it is only a matter of time until Uruguay strike. The last pass to send someone through is missing, but the physical power of Tabarez's men continue to dominant.
A. Pereira!!!!!!!!! After M. Pereira wins a cross with a dangerous ball in the box, the defender nearly finds his third goal of the tournament from right in front of goal! The ball was handled poorly by Fernandez after a header, and the Porto man nearly put it away!
Yellow CardLuis Suárez
A. Pereira heads the ball over the bar off a cross from Forlan. Uruguay continue to press and win another corner after Suarez uses his skills to send in a low ball to the back post from the left side of the box. The ball does not seem to exit the defensive half of Peru.
Yotun with the long shot!!!!! Off a set piece, the midfielder fires a long shot low towards the goal but Muslera does well to control the ball with a diving save!
Peru's starting XI: Fernandez, Rodriguez, Acasiete, Vilchez, Carmona, Yotin, Albin, Cruzado, Vargas, Guerrero y Advincula.
Yellow CardYoshimar Yotún
Uruguay: Muslera, Maximiliano Pereira, Lugano, Coates, Martín Cáceres, González, Gargano, Arévalo Ríos, Álvaro Pereira, Luis Suárez and Diego Forlán.
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