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July 23, 2011
• Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires
Referee: W. Roldán
W. Chiroque 42'
P. Guerrero 64', 90', 90'+
J. Arango 78'
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Peru finish third in the Copa America 2011. Venezuela finish by losing their only game of the tournament. They can return home full of pride for the way they have performed in Argentina, and can look towards the world cup qualifying games with relish.
90' + 4'
And it's all over Peru 4-1 Venezuela. very harsh scoreline for the Venezuelans after a valiant effort but the dismissal of their captain cost them dearly.
90' + 3'
90' + 3'
90' + 3'
GOOOOAALL PERU AND HAT TRICK FOR GUERRERO!!! The striker is now the top scorer in the tournament as he takes his third goal calmly after breaking through the middle of the Venezuelan defence.
90' + 1'
Three minutes of added time. Desperately unlucky for Venezuela but the red card cost them.
GOOOOOOOOOOALLLLL PERU 3-1!! Guerrero brings the ball down superbly on the edge of the area, beats his man and finishes beautifully in the right hand corner of the goal for his second of the game.
Free kick given away by Cichero deep in his own half. Peru will look to keep the ball there now...
Time is running out for Venezuela as they push forward again.
Yellow CardG. Maldonado
Free kick for Peru 35 yards out.... desperate times in the area as Venezuelan defenders all over the place, only to see the ball fired well over.
Yellow CardGabriel Cichero
CHANCE FOR VENEZUELA... so close! Arango's free kick is spilled but Cichero can't get it on target.
The Venezuelans really going for it now, Peru starting to look nervous. Surely not another comeback for Venezuela after their Group B heroics against Paraguay?
GOOOOAAAALLL VENEZUELA!!!! Beautiful through ball from the magnificent Orozco, sets Juan Arango up in the area to slot past Fernandez. That makes things interesting...
Orozco again looking like a real talent a he beats his man in the area only to see his effort saved by Fernandez.
Whatever happens now, Venezuela have made a lot of new fans for the way they have played during the tournament. A real surprise package.
The game is starting to look very stretched now as Venezuela keep going in search of a lifeline.
Venezuela still going forward but it will take a mammoth effort now to get back into this game.
Yellow CardA. Balbín
GOOOOALLLLL PERU!!!!! Guerrero makes it 2-0 as he receives a long ball which he controlled beautifully before giving to Chiroque down the right flank. Chiroque played it back to Guerrero who smashed it past Vega to make it very difficult now for Venezuela.
Rondon comes on for Venezuela as they look to try and cope with losing their captain.
Red CardTomás Eduardo Rincón
RED CARD!! Tomas Rincon is given his marching orders for diving in with two feet - according to the referee. Rincon very unlucky and that changes the game.
Fantastic play from Orozco again - beating two players only to see his final ball wasted by Miku again. Venezuela really getting into this game now.
Great play by Orozco on the right hand edge of the area, as he plays Miku in for a chance which, unfortunately for Miku, is easily saved by Fernandez.
Rey and Guerrero tangle again near the touchline, with the Venezuelan finally getting a caution. It's turning into a mini battle between those two.
Yellow CardJosé Manuel Rey
Great footwork from Miku inside the area as he wriggles free to go just wide for Venezuela. Good positive start as they look to get the equaliser.
And we're under way in the second-half.
The teams are back on the pitch in La Plata with Venezuela looking to get back into the game. The Peruvians will be quite happy with the way things have gone as they look for their best finish since the1975 Copa victory.
Quite an open first-half and Venezuela will probably feel a little aggrieved to be trailing at the break, but there is more goals in the game - especially when fatigue kicks in.
45' + 2'
Referee Raldan brings hostilities to an end for half time with Peru leading 1-0. Not a classic game, but there have been worse - especially in this tournament...
45' + 1'
One minute of added time
Venezuela really caught on the back foot then as they were looking to score themselves at the other end of the pitch.
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL!!!!!! PERU!!! Chiroque breaks with the ball against two defenders, plays the ball out to Guerrero who returns the favour for Chiroque to stroke the ball into an empty goal. 1-0 Peru.
Lack of flow creeping into the game now as the pitch and a hard tournament looks to be taking effect. There's also a few tackles flying in from both sides.
Yellow CardR. Cruzado
Guerrero goes down on the left hand side of the area for a free-kick to Peru. Confusion from the defenders from the resulting kick but eventually cleared to safety.
Great turn by Miku in the area to force a smart save from Fernandez. Corner but wasted.
Break in the game now as Rey is caught by an elbow from Guerrero.
Half an hour gone and the teams pretty even. Peru have played the better football and have possession but Venezuela look dangerous on the counter attack.
Maldonado has the ball in the goal!! Ruled offside though. Correctly
Great football from Peru in the area to force Vega into a great save, Venezuela getting pushed back a little now.
Orozco fires just over after some good interchange with Rincon for Venezuela.
Great run from Chiroque on the edge of the area for Peru but tried to do too much.
Both teams trying to create openings but not really happening for either at the moment.
Revoredo inches away from geting a touch on the ball right in front of goal.
Rey jumps over the back of Guerrero to give a free kick to Peru
Rincon looking impressive in the middle for Venezuela and almost played Gonzalez in.
Safely into Vega's arms in goal.
Corner on the right to Peru
The game is just starting to drift a little bit at the moment and could do with a goal to liven things up
Free kick on the right for Venezuela but safely into the hands of Valverde in goal.
Vizcarrondo almost sold Vega short then with a weak header back, the keeper just managed to get their first with Orozco chasing.
Free kick Peru - deep in Venezuela half. Whipped in but far too deep and Revoredo couldn't keep it in.
Peru look comfortable with the ball but are lacking the final ball at the moment.
A good tempo to the game up to now. With both teams looking to play football.
Peru playing some good football but Venezuela have caught them once or twice on the counter-attack
Half chance for Peru after hesitation in Venezuela area but the keeper managed to get his hand to the ball.
CLOSE! Maldanado tries his luck from the edge of the area but just over!
Free kick to Venezuela as Cichero is hauled down
We're under way!
Peru, in their famous white shirts with red sash, will kick us off.
Plenty of noise inside the impressive stadium although there are vast swaths of empty seats as the teams get ready on the pitch.
But did you know of the eight quarter-final sides, only Columbia scored fewer goals than Peru...
Both sides have been surprise packages in Argentina and should provide an entertaining game at the Estadio Ciudad de la Plata.
Venezuela have already outdone themselves by getting this far, in fact a win tonight would see them have won more games in this single tournament than all their others Copa America's combined...
Two-time winners Peru are looking for their best placed finish since winning the tournament in 1975.
And the Venezuelans of Cesar Farias; Vega; Rosales, Vizcarrondo, Rey, Cichero, Rincon, Lucena, Gonzalez, Orozco, Miku, Maldonado
Here’s tonight’s line-ups, starting with Sergio Markarian’s Peru; Valverde; Revoredo, Rodriguez, Ramos, Vilchez, Advincula, Lobaton, Villacorta, Flores, Chiroque, Guerrero
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's third-place play-off match between beaten semi-finalists, Peru and Venezuela in La Plata.
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