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Uruguay v Peru Live Commentary, 29/06/2019

PEN 4 - 5
0 - 0
Arena Fonte Nova
(FT 0 - 0)


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Luis Suarez is inconsolable out on the pitch - his penalty miss the reason Uruguay will be watching the semi-finals from home. His team-mates are showing him plenty of support, but there's little they can say to comfort him at this time.
Despite failing to register a single shot on target in the match, Peru are through to the semi-finals to face defending champions Chile in Porto Alegre! Uruguay's Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez all had goals disallowed for offside, while Cavani and Diego Godin missed a pair of glorious chances as they pay the ultimate price. Suarez was the only player to miss in the shoot-out as Peru keep their hopes alive of winning a first Copa America title since 1975.
FULL-TIME: URUGUAY 0-0 PERU (4-5 pens).
E. Flores
Penalty Goal
PERU ARE INTO THE SEMI-FINALS! Flores rolls a cheeky penalty straight down the middle - a risky proposition given the magnitude of the occasion - beating Muslera to send Uruguay crashing out of the competition!
L. Torreira
Penalty Goal
URUGUAY STAY ALIVE! Torreira hits it hard and low as he keeps his cool to keep Uruguay in this for the time being. It's 4-4.
L. Advíncula
Penalty Goal
PERU ON THE BRINK! Advincula beats Muslera to make it 4-3, and now all the pressure is on Uruguay ahead of the final round as they need to score, and need a miss from Peru's fifth shooter!
R. Bentancur
Penalty Goal
MAKE THAT 3-3! Again Gallese dives to his right, as he has done for all four of Uruguay's spot kicks, but Bentancur follows the suit of Cavani and Stuani, going the other way to again pull Uruguay level.
Y. Yotún
Penalty Goal
DELIGHTFUL PENALTY! It's 3-2 Peru, and Yotun could not have struck that any better. Perfectly placed by the midfielder into the top corner, as Muslera can't get close to it despite again guessing right!
C. Stuani
Penalty Goal
URUGUAY RESPOND! Stuani came on for the sole purpose of taking a penalty, and his inclusion is justified as he sends Gallese the wrong way to make it 2-2.
R. Ruidíaz
Penalty Goal
CLOSE CALL! Peru back in front, 2-1, as Ruidiaz just sneaks his penalty beyond the reach of a full-stretch Muslera, who had guessed right!
E. Cavani
Penalty Goal
PARITY RESTORED! Cavani smashes his penalty confidently and emphatically into the top corner to make it 1-1.
P. Guerrero
Penalty Goal
GUERRERO MAKES IT COUNT! It's 1-0 Peru as the striker places a perfect penalty just inside the left post, giving Muslera no chance!
L. Suárez
Penalty Miss
ADVANTAGE PERU! Uruguay shoot first, but Suarez is denied by Gallese who guesses right and makes a massive save to lift Peru at the start of this shoot-out!
Uruguay had three goals disallowed for offside, while squandering two brilliant chances, as Peru have managed to ride their luck through 90 minutes to get this match to penalties. It will be spot kicks to determine who gets the last place in the semi-finals! How's your nerve?
C. Stuani
F. Valverde
90' + 7' A very late change from Uruguay, certainly in preparation for penalties, as Stuani takes the place of Valverde.
90' + 5' Both sides have substitutions left, and it will be interesting to see if they use them in the final minutes to prepare for penalties. Cueva, who missed his spot kick against Denmark, and against Colombia at the 2016 Copa America, has already been subbed off. Ruidiaz and Tapia scored for Peru against Colombia, and they're on the pitch. Suarez and Cavani scored for Uruguay back in 2013 against Italy, while Caceres missed on that night in the shoot-out.
90' + 3' Just too far for Suarez! De Arrascaeta lobs an inviting ball over the top to pick out the run of Suarez, but the striker just can't latch onto the end of it despite his best attempts to stretch out, with Gallese able to snuff out the threat.
90' + 1' There will be seven minutes added on at the end of this match.
89' The stretcher comes out for Zambrano, who stays down for a prolonged period, before popping up and walking off under his own power. More time wasted, as penalties are now right around the corner. There should be a wealth of time added on at the end of this match though, as a result of the two checks with VAR, and the injury delays.
87' Uruguay have not been involved in a penalty shoot-out since the 2013 Confederations Cup, losing to Italy. Peru lost on penalties in the quarter-finals of the previous Copa America against Colombia, following a 0-0 draw.
R. Ruidíaz
C. Cueva
85' An interesting change here from Peru, perhaps with an eye on penalties. Cueva, who missed his spot kick in a 1-0 defeat to Denmark at last summer's World Cup, is replaced in attack by Ruidiaz.
83' There's little pace to speak of here, as time winds down on this quarter-final tie. The prospect of penalties is looming larger with each lethargic attempt to attack.
81' Another lengthy delay as Guerrero requires attention after taking the worst of a coming together with Gimenez. All these stoppages have really hurt the flow of this match. It's been a common theme throughout.
79' Peru are being afforded time in possession as they enjoy their first prominent spell in some time. They show what they're capable of if given the opportunity, as they carve through a Uruguay side who were just sitting back a bit much, with Bentancur forced into a vital recovery as he intervenes with Guerrero's pull-back inside the area.
77' Uruguay have beaten Peru in only one of their last five Copa America meetings (2D 2L), though that came in their most recent clash, a 2-0 victory in the 2011 semi-finals.
C. Gonzáles
A. Carrillo
75' Peru use the stoppage to make their first change of the match, as Gonzales takes the place of Carrillo on the flank.
74' Once again the referee spends close to two minutes listening to his earpiece before getting final word that it was indeed offside. Suarez was leaning forward as he made that run behind the defence, resulting in him being a foot, at most, offside.
72' THIRD TIME IS NOT THE CHARM! Unbelievable! Uruguay will have to be wondering what they need to do to score here! Suarez ghosts in behind his marker to get on the end of a delicious delivery from Caceres bent in behind the defence, turning it in coolly from close range, but again the flag is raised to cut Uruguay's celebration short! It's another really tight decision.
F. Valverde
Yellow Card
70' Valverde just arrives a split-second late into a challenge on Yotun, and that will see him into the book.
69' Two of the previous three quarter-finals at this Copa America have gone goalless into penalties, and this one seems to be heading in the same direction despite Uruguay's best attempts to avoid spot kicks. Peru are keeping most behind the ball, showing little desire of their own to get forward.
67' There's a certain persistence about how Uruguay have attacking in this second half, but still the breakthrough eludes them. Twice now they have had the ball in the back of the net, both times denied the opener by the offside flag. Despite the adversity, they keep coming.
65' Suarez has scored six goals against Peru across all competitions, more than he has against any other nation (three at Copa America 2011, and three in World Cup qualifiers).
C. Cueva
Yellow Card
63' That's a dangerous challenge from Cueva, who slides into the back of Torreira with reckless abandon. No doubt about that being a yellow card, with Cueva not even trying to plead his case.
61' The referee prevents Gallese from restarting play as he gets word in his ear that the VAR team might want a second look at that disallowed goal. Following nearly two idle minutes, he waves play on without ever going over to have a second look.
59' OFFSIDE! Suarez is provider once again as he plays Cavani delightfully through on goal, and the PSG striker produces a wonderful finish, lobbing a curled effort in at the far post! He runs off in celebration, before the linesman raises his flag very, very late!
58' HE'S SKIED IT! A mishit shot from Valverde is collected by Suarez, who drives impressively towards the byline and pulls it back smartly for Godin, who blasts his first-time strike over the bar! It's another shocking miss for Uruguay!
L. Torreira
N. Nández
57' A first change of the match is made by Uruguay as Torreira officially makes his return from illness, replacing Nandez.
55' Important touch! Godin to the rescue for Uruguay as he just manages to clear Flores' low, driven cross that so nearly found its way through to Guerrero at the near post!
53' Following an entertaining few minutes coming out of the interval, the match has fallen back into a bit of a lull. It's been very stop-start, though Peru have certainly looked brighter than they did over those opening 45 minutes.
51' Uruguay kept a clean sheet in two group stage Copa America games (2W 1D) for the first time since 2007.
C. Zambrano
Yellow Card
49' Zambrano sees the game's second yellow card - the first shown to a Peru player - for a challenge into the back of Suarez. He appeared to get all ball with that, and certainly didn't take kidnly to the referee's decision to brandish a card.
48' Lively start to this second half! Valverde smacks a fierce free-kick at goal from a long way out, with Gallese having to come across to his near post to make a diving save! Back the other way come Peru and Guerrero is played through on goal, but the offside flag is incorrectly raised! In the world of VAR, how does a linesman not keep his flag down unless absolutely sure? That's poor officiating.
46' Uruguay get the second half underway!
While the match certainly remains in the balance, Peru will have to step things up and find another gear in the second half, with Uruguay looking by far the more capable and comfortable of the two sides thus far. Guerrero hasn't been heavily involved yet, and could really benefit by playing off someone like Ruidiaz. Food for thought, for Gareca.
Uruguay were unlucky not to find the breakthrough after 45 minutes as Giorgian de Arrascaeta saw a goal disallowed and Edison Cavani had a strong candidate for miss of the tournament. Instead, the sides head goalless into the break at Arena Fonte Nova with the match finely poised in advance of the second half.
45' There will be a minimum of two minutes added on at the end of this first half.
43' Peru's 5-0 defeat to Brazil ended a seven match unbeaten run for them at the Copa America (4W 3D).
41' Decent effort! Certainly worth a try from Suarez as he meets a corner with an acrobatic volley, just slightly getting the contact wrong as he lifts a high, looping effort into the air. Gallese opts to punch instead of catch, which puts Peru hearts in their throats for a second, but his defenders are able to clear the threat and relieve the pressure.
39' Gallese makes a fine save to deny Cavani, though the striker was offside so it wouldn't have counted regardless, and it comes at a price as he's immediately bundled into by his own player. He took a blow to the midriff and looks like he might just have had the wind knocked out of him as the training staff come out to tend to him
37' Penalty shouts denied! Good decision from the referee there. Guerrero is played through on goal by Cueva, but lacks the pace to separate from the defence as Gimenez shows great recovery speed to close down and dispossess the striker with a strong shoulder to shoulder challenge.
35' There's a sense of calm about Uruguay in this first half. It's almost like this sense of belief they have where they know they breakthrough will come, and that belief allows them to really slow things down, stick to their gameplan and not get frustrated.
D. Godín
Yellow Card
33' Godin lunges through the back of Guerrero in an attempt to win the ball back, and that dangerous slide will earn him the game's first yellow card.
31' Peru are playing in the Copa America quarter-finals for the ninth successive time, all since 1997. Just three times have they progressed to the semi-finals (1997, 2011 and 2015).
29' URUGUAY SEE THE OPENER CALLED BACK! Nandez's cross in from the right deflects into the path of De Arrascaeta, who hammers home a finish from 12 yards, but the offside flag is raised! Nandez needlessly strayed into an offside position before being picked out in space down the right.
27' There still really isn't much tempo to speak of, with the pace really struggling to pick up. Neither side have shown much urgency, opting for a more patient approach in possession.
25' WHAT A MISS! How have Uruguay not taken the lead?! Suarez does brilliantly to dribble his way through on goal, only to be denied by a smart save by Gallese. The rebound bounces kindly into the path of Cavani, but he volleys an effort over the bar from six yards! He will be kicking himself for missing that.
23' Nandez and Trauco have been locked in an entertaining duel on the flank. The Uruguay midfielder has covered a ton of ground, always keen to get forward, but he's also had his hands full having to track the runs of Trauco, who has been lively offering support on the overlap.
21' After coming under a bit of pressure, Peru have weathered the storm and are back on the front foot themselves, looking to respond with a chance of their own. It's just not happening for them right now on the front foot, though.
19' Suarez (17) and Cavani (13), both of Uruguay, had the most shot attempts of any players in the 2019 Copa America group stages.
17' Vital piece of defending! Nandez is sprung into the area and has a clean sight of goal, but his hesitation allows Abram to recover, sliding in expertly with an important deflection that takes the sting out of Nandez's shot as it deflects kindly into the waiting arms of Gallese.
15' A first chance of the match falls for Suarez - not the man Peru want to be letting on the end of these crosses. Valverde puts in some excellent work down the right before picking out Suarez with his cross, but the striker's header just crashes onto the roof of the net!
13' There's been a real stubbornness to each side, who seem reluctant to press off the ball. It's clear they're trying not to over-commit, putting an emphasis on keeping themselves organised and not being lured out of shape.
11' Still awaiting the game's first chance, with neither side able to get their strikers involved up to this point. A large portion of this match has been contained in midfield up to this point.
9' There's a good intensity to this match thus far, with both sides certainly looking up for the occasion. Each team has done well to impose themselves physically in the early going, though it has come at the expense of the tempo, which has yet to really pick up.
7' Peru defeated Uruguay the only time they faced each other in Brazil, 4-3 in the 1949 Copa America.
5' After their reserved start, Uruguay have really settled into this match well. They're continuing to grow in stature, showing good intent as they push on in search of an early breakthrough.
3' Peru are knocking it about brightly in these opening stages, impressing with a string of one-touch passes. It's all style without the substance, though, as they never really penetrate the final third before Uruguay recover possession and enjoy a tidy spell of their own.
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! Peru in white and red as they get the match underway, with Uruguay in their classic light blue strip.
Ricardo Gareca makes three changes from the heavy defeat to Brazil, including one in the centre of defence as the experienced Carlos Zambrano is restored at the expense of Miguel Araujo. Jefferson Farfan has left the squad as he's set for knee surgery, with Andre Carrillo coming on to take his place. Edison Flores is also brought into the side, with Andy Polo dropping to the bench.
Despite recovering from an illness that kept him out of the match against Chile, Lucas Torreira is on the bench as Federico Valverde continues to partner Rodrigo Bentancur in midfield. Nahitan Nandez is restored in the starting lineup as Nicolas Lodeiro drops to the bench - the only change made by coach Oscar Tabarez from the win over Chile.
SUBS: Miguel Araujo, Carlos Caceda, Alexander Callens, Anderson Santamaria, Patricio Alvarez, Andy Polo, Josepmir Ballon, Aldo Corzo, Cristofer Gonzales, Jesus Pretell, Raul Ruidiaz.
PERU (4-2-3-1): Pedro Gallese; Luis Advincula, Luis Abram, Carlos Zambrano, Miguel Trauco; Yoshimar Yotun, Renato Tapia; Andre Carrillo, Christian Cueva, Edison Flores; Paolo Guerrero.
SUBS: Maximiliano Gomez, Martin Campana, Gaston Pereiro, Lucas Torreira, Sebastian Coates, Cristhian Stuani, Martin Silva, Jonathan Rodriguez, Nicolas Lodeiro, Diego Laxalt, Marcelo Saracchi.
URUGUAY (4-4-2): Fernando Muslera; Giovanni Gonzalez, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres; Nahitan Nandez, Rodrigo Bentancur, Federico Valverde, Giorgian de Arrascaeta; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani.
Reports from Peru suggest that despite leading the nation to their first World Cup appearance since 1982 last summer, coach Ricardo Gareca could face the sack if they don’t live up to lofty expectations and are dumped out before the semi-final.
Peru, on the other hand, largely stumbled through the group stage, and they limp into the quarter-finals off a humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Brazil. Their only win of the group stage came against a Bolivia side who failed to register a single point.
Armed with an experienced core and an incredibly talented crop of youngsters, La Celeste have eyes on spoiling Brazil’s plans and returning to the top of South American football for the first time since 2011.
Uruguay have looked as good a bet as anyone to win the this tournament, and they come into the knockout stage having just beat two-time defending champions Chile to claim top spot in Group C.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of this match as the Copa America quarter-finals wrap up at Arena Fonte Nove in Salvador, as Uruguay clash with Peru!