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  • July 4, 2011
  • • 6:15 PM
  • • Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, San Juan, Provincia de San Juan
  • Referee: W. Roldán
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Uruguay 1-1 Peru: Luis Suarez denies Peruvians Copa America upset

Uruguay 1-1 Peru: Luis Suarez denies Peruvians Copa America upset

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Group C saw Uruguay as the latest major participant to flatter to deceive in the opening week of the tournament, as it had to thank its Liverpool man for salvaging a point.

Uruguay kicked off its Copa America campaign in disappointing fashion with a 1-1 draw against Peru on Monday.

Paolo Guerrero broke the deadlock midway through the first half for the Peruvians, before Luis Suarez spared Uruguay's blushes with a crucial equalizer.

"We came to win tonight," Guerrero said. "It was a very tough game. We fought hard the entire 90 minutes."

The match began in favor of Uruguay as it started the brightest, with various snapshots from Suarez and Diego Forlan testing the Peruvian resistance early on, but to no avail.

The Peruvian's came into the match with a major disadvantage, as their talismanic duo of Claudio Pizarro and Jefferson Farfan were both forced to prematurely end their respective Copa campaigns due to injury.

However, Peru claimed the game's first goal through striker Guerrero, with a superb solo goal on 23 minutes. The Hamburg man impeccably timed his run off the shoulders of Diego Lugano and Mauricio Victorino, collecting a raking long ball from deep in his own half, and then proceeded to shift past an on-rushing Fernando Muslera and tap the ball into the net for a surprising Peruvian lead.

Oscar Tabarez's side proceeded to hit back, and it almost did in spectacular fashion through the set-piece talents of Forlan, with two curling efforts forced Raul Fernandez to stay on his toes.

Uruguay wasn't to stay behind for too long though, as against the subsequent run of play, Suarez collected Nicolas Lodeiro's magnificently threaded through ball and impressively slid in the finish to give his side a precious equaliser on the stroke of halftime.

The second half began in reasonable contrast to the first, with not much happening in regards to a valid goalscoring opportunity. Luis Advincula had the best chance of the opening period, after being expertly teed up in the Uruguayan box by Michael Guevara, but he could only fire the ball into the hands of Muslera.

Uruguay then went on to better that by creating the best chance of the entire match. Suarez put the ball on a plate for the misfiring Forlan, who had a free opening at goal in the Peru box. But he ballooned his effort way over the bar.

Peru threw on Fiorentina's Juan Vargas, who was not deemed fit enough to start the match, for the last 20 minutes in an attempt to try and snatch a late victory, and he almost proved to be an inspired substitution after coming close with two stinging long-range attempts.

Indeed, it was the Peruvians who could have tied up an infamous win right at the death, but it wasn't to be as Guerrero failed to divert a free header goalbound from a cross on the left-hand side, and deny themselves from capping an impressive performance with an important three points.

"I had one [opportunity] towards the end of the match," Guerrero said. "I missed, too bad. We have to win the next game no matter what."

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