Copa America Preview: Peru - Venezuela

Peru look to secure their best-ever Copa America finish since the golden generation of the 70s, while Venezuela appear in their first-ever third-place play-off

Peru: Fernandez; Carmona, Acasiete, Rodriguez, Vilchez; Balbin, Yotun, Ballon, Cruzado; Guerrero, Advincula


Star man and captain Juan Manuel Vargas misses out due to his red card in the semi-final against Uruguay. After limping off in that match, Adan Balbin is a doubt, though the Universidad San Martin midfielder could be risked.

Venezuela: Vega; Rosales, Rey, Vizcarrondo, Cichero; Lucena, Gonzalez, Rincon; Arango; Miku, Rondon

Miku will likely be restored to the starting line-up after shining when coming off the bench in the semi-final. Juan Manuel Rey is set to start following Grenndy's Perozo's semi-final knock.

  • Peru were in the top four of the competition in 1959 - also in Argentina, missing out on third place to Paraguay.
  • Out of all the teams that got into the quarter-finals, only Colombia netted fewer goals than Peru.
  • Peru's quarter-final victory against Colombia was their first last-eight victory in eight attempts.
  • Peru are currently placed 49th in the Fifa rankings - up from their lowest ever position of 91st just 20 months ago.
  • If Venezuela win on Saturday, they will have won more games at this Copa America than they had done in all of their previous appearances combined.
  • With six different goalscorers, Venezuela have had more names on the scoresheet in this edition of the Copa than any other team.
  • Only Venezuela have scored more than one goal from outside the penalty area in the tournament.
  • Peru lost their only game at La Plata - a 2-0 defeat in the semi-final to Argentina, while Venezuela kicked off their Copa America campaign at this ground with a shock 0-0 draw with holders Brazil.
  • These two sides met in the 2007 Copa America - with hosts Venezuela emerging with a 2-0 victory.
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