Two second-half goals from the Liverpool man were enough to sink the Peruvian resistance, and send Uruguay into the Copa final for the first time since 1999A Luis Suarez quickfire double broke Peruvian hearts in La Plata, and ensured that Uruguay are the first team to book their place in the 2011 Copa America final with a 2-0 victory over the battling Inca outfit.
Suarez hit twice in five minutes to all but settle the game in the opening stages of the second half, taking him level top-scorer for the tournament with Sergio Aguero, on three. Peru's task to turn their fortunes around was made even harder when captain Juan Manuel Vargas was expelled for a vicious elbow, but Sergio Markarian's team will go out with their heads held high after a gutsy display.
The game started at a great pace, with neither side willing to give an inch in front of two vociferous supports. The result was an impressive quantity of fouls, and Victor Yotun found his way into the referee's notebook after just one minute with a deserved booking.
Luis Suarez meanwhile found himself with an excellent chance after a free-kick went loose, but on the half-volley the Liverpool man shot high and wide to his own disgust. Raul Fernandez then turned himself into the Inca hero with 15 minutes gone, twice denying Alvaro Pereira at his feet when a goal looked certain.
Peru were by no means second-best, however, and halfway through the first period they had a glorious chance. Juan Manuel Vargas' cross flashed invitingly out of the reach of Fernando Muslera, but neither Paolo Guerrero or Luis Advincula could reach with two despairing lunges and the ball ran harmlessly out of play.
Uruguay finished the half with a spell of decent pressure, but despite threatening a handful of times - principally from the right boot of Diego Forlan at dead-ball situations - they could not break down a determined Peru team. Captain Diego Lugano thought that he had forced the ball in late in the half to open the score, but play was called back for a foul on goalkeeper Fernandez to ensure the sides went down the tunnel with nothing to separate them.
The breakthrough came just after the break, and it was to the joy of the Celeste section of the crowd. Forlan tried a speculative effort from outside the box, and when Fernandez spilled the ball it was Suarez who pounced first and chipped into the open net. The strike was mobbed by team mates on the side of the pitch, while the Uruguayan fans burst into song as a place in the final moved closer to becoming a reality.
The Liverpool man was on a roll, and slotted a second just minutes later to make it 2-0. Alvaro Pereira played Suarez in with a delightful through-ball, and he made no mistake in rounding the keeper and rolling the ball in to send the Charrua into ecstasy.
Already on the ropes, Peru's chances took a further blow when inspirational captain Juan Manuel Vargas saw the red card, the referee sending him from the pitch for landing an elbow on Sebastian Coates in a nasty move. The team kept trying and insisting, but could not find the means to break through the Uruguay back-line, leaving Diego Forlan and co. to claim victory by a two goal margin.
The win puts Oscar Tabarez's team into the final for the first time since the 1989, which was lost to hosts Brazil. They will play the winner of Paraguay-Venezuela this Sunday in the Monumental.
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