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Copa America

  • July 4, 2011
  • • 23:15
  • • 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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Uruguay became the latest major participant to flatter to deceive in the opening week of the tournament, as they had to thank their Liverpool forward for salvaging a point


Uruguay kicked off their 2011 Copa America campaign in disappointing fashion, after only managing a come-from-behind 1-1 draw with 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 equaliser right on the stroke of half time.

The match began in favour of the 14-time Copa champions as they started the brightest, with various snap-shots from Suarez and Forlan testing the Peruvian resistance early on, but to no avail.

Peru 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 through injury.

However, it was they who claimed the game's first goal through striker Paolo 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 surprise Peruvian lead.

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

Uruguay weren'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 right at the interval.

The second-half began in reasonable contrast to the first, with few valid goalscoring opportunities. 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. Luis 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 for the last 20 minutes, who was not deemed fit enough to start the match, 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 a famous win right at the death, but it wasn't to be as Guerrero failed to divert a free header goal-bound from a cross on the left-hand side, and deny themselves from capping an impressive performance with an important three points.

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