The coach of the defeated quarter-finalists feels his side were hard done by as he bemoaned the fact that his star striker chose the wrong moment to err from 12 yards
The sides were locked together at 0-0 before extra time proved decisive in Peru's favour thanks to two goals from Carlos Lobaton and Peru captain Juan Manuel Vargas. Despite the defeat, Gomez thought his side had done well throughout the competition.
"We gave it everything but we did not win. I note that we created 36 goalscoring opportunities in four matches. We have a good defence and we played good football at times," he told the post-game press conference.
Gomez's side could have won the game in normal time but for a missed penalty by star striker Radamel Falcao after 66 minutes, which proved costly. The Colombian coach was surprised the Porto striker failed to find the net from the spot.
"These kind of games happen in football. We had to win the game in 90 minutes. Radamel Falcao never missed a penalty, not even in training. But today he failed."