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Venezuela v Peru Live Commentary, 15/06/2019

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Wuilker Farinez stole the show in Porto Alegre, as his heroics in goal preserve a point for the 10 men of Venezuela, who barely survived a late Peru push following Luis Mago's sending off. Los Incas substitute Edison Flores had a pair of sure goals denied by Farinez, while Peru also saw two goals called back after VAR checks, as they're frustratingly unable to claim all three points.
A. Carrillo
Yellow Card
90' + 3' Carrillo is booked just a few minutes after coming on, as he arrives late with a challenge on Rosales. Peru aren't able to win the ball back here despite Venezuela being a man down.
90' + 2' Taking no chances are Venezuela, as they win a free-kick in a dangerous position with Guerrero fouling Herrera. It's in a good spot for a shot, but instead they opt to play it short and move towards the corner flag once again, only this time Peru are quick to snuff it out.
90' Venezuela have the ball deep in the Peru end, near the corner flag, as they run precious time off the clock. There will be five minutes added on at the end of this match.
A. Carrillo
C. Gonzáles
88' Peru go to the bench for a final time in advance of a corner, as Carrillo replaces Gonzales in a straight swap.
86' Deflected behind! Well it's the 10 men of Venezuela who are threatening here into the final five minutes, and it's Soteldo who makes a strong run into the centre to get on the end of Machis' cross, but his first-time effort is blocked behind for a corner.
Y. Soteldo
J. Murillo
84' Venezuela's final change sees Soteldo, the young Santos midfielder, come on in place of Murillo.
Y. Herrera
Yellow Card
82' The referee brings play back to book Herrera for a bad foul in the build-up to that last chance.
82' TERRIFIC SAVE! Flores has been lively since coming on, but he's denied once again by Farinez! He drives a low effort across goal from 20 yards, fiercely heading in at the far post, but Farinez reacts superbly to get fingertips to the effort and tip it onto the other side of the post!
80' Peru haven’t failed to progress from the Copa America group stage since 1995, although they have been eliminated at the quarter-final stage in five of the last seven tournaments.
R. Hernández
J. Moreno
78' A second Venezuela change sees Hernandez replace Moreno, as Dudamel opts to bring on defensive reinforcements.
77' HOW HAS THAT STAYED OUT?! An unbelievable, save-of-the-tournament candidate from Farinez, as Peru somehow fail to break the deadlock! A Farfan shot deflects across the face of goal, falling incredibly kindly for Flores, who has the goal gaping in front of him from eight yards, but Farinez dives across and somehow claws the ball out off the line at full-stretch! Absolutely sensational!
L. Del Pino
Yellow 2nd/RC
75' VENEZUELA DOWN TO 10 MEN! Mago arrives late and follows through with his challenge on Polo after the ball was gone, clattering through the substitute and sending him to ground. It's a completely senseless challenge, especially on a booking, as the referee doesn't hesitate in producing a second yellow!
73' The intensity is really picking up now as the tackles come flying in. There's a real sense of urgency not to concede, with both sides knowing what a blow a defeat would be for their hopes.
71' Peru have won five of their seven Copa America meetings with Venezuela (D1 L1), with their only defeat coming on Venezuelan soil in 2007 (0-2).
D. Machís
J. Savarino
69' Dudamel goes to his bench for the first time today as Machis replaces Savarino.
68' STRAIGHT AT GALLESE! Huge chance for Venezuela as Murillo is slipped through into the penalty area by Rondon, but shoots directly into the waiting arms of Gallese despite a clean look at goal! That had to be better!
A. Polo
Y. Yotún
66' Fresh legs for Peru as Polo enters the fray at the expense of Yotun. It's a 27th cap for the 24-year-old Portland Timbers attacker.
64' PERU HAVE ANOTHER GOAL DISALLOWED! Flores is played through down the left before whipping in a delicious cross for Farfan, who heads home, but the offside flag is raised! Flores appeared to be maybe a yard or so behind the defnece when he was played through down the left! A check with VAR confirms the referee's initial decision.
62' None of the last 12 meetings between these two sides have ended goalless, dating back to a 0-0 draw in 2004. There have been 39 goals scored in the 12 meetings since (over three per match).
60' Entertaining scenes in Porto Alegre as both sides continue to attack with real pace. That being said, neither are preparred to give chase off the ball, reluctant to press to win it back, which has really limited the amount of opportunities these sides have had on the break.
58' Not quite! Venezuela break in numbers as Saravino sprints half the length of the pitch with daylight ahead of him. He has a pair of options to his left, but picks out the wrong one as Rondon strayed a few yards behind the defence before the ball was played in to him. Wasteful.
56' Continuing in the ascendancy are Peru, but Venezuela remain up to the task at the back. This time Villanueva atones for his error with a really strong defensive header, denying Guerrero from getting on the end of an inviting cross in from the left.
54' Peru do well to respond, working the ball forward well as a througball is played in for Guerrero, but smartly cut out by Chancellor, before a miskick by Villanueva gifts Peru a corner. Los Incas are unable to do anything with the resulting set piece, however, as the pressure is relieved.
52' Venezuela have been eliminated from the group stage in 13 of their last 16 Copa America tournaments, although they have progressed from these stages in three of the last four, with their best finish coming in 2011 (fourth place).
50' It's all Venezuela to begin this second half, looking bright in possession as they continue to get after this Peru defence. Murillo makes a strong run down the left flank, cutting in onto his right for a shot, but his curled effort lacks any power as Gallese makes a simple save.
48' An early chance for Venezuela in the second half as they win a free-kick in the centre of the pitch, around 30 yards out - at least - from goal. Rondon claims it and drives a fierce, low strike around the wall and in towards the near post, but just misses the target. It looked as though Gallese would have had it covered had he been required.
46' Peru get the second half underway!
E. Flores
C. Cueva
46' One change at the break, and it's Peru who make it, as Flores comes on at the expense of Cueva, who appeared to be battling an injury throughout that first half.
Dudamel should look to bring on Martinez for the second half. Venezuela have shown good chemistry in possession, and an undeniable ability to get forward, but Rondon has been a bit too isolated up top. He could really benefit with Martinez coming on to partner him.
Goalless at the interval in Porto Alegre, but it's certainly not down to a lack of quality. Christofer Gonzales had a goal called back following a check with VAR and Luis Abram saw an effort cleared off the the line for Peru, while Salomon Rondon was denied the opener for Venezuela by a terrific Pedro Gallese save. Everything still to play for after the interval.
45' + 2' All three of Venezuela's goals in the group stage of the 2016 Copa America came in the first half.
45' Perhaps surprisingly, four minutes will be added on at the end of this half. It feels like there were at least six minutes worth of stoppages.
43' VITAL BLOCK! Farinez makes a mess of a corner as he flaps at the ball, knocking it straight into the path of Abram, who has the goal gaping in front of him, but can't get his shot beyond Rincon who gets an immensely crucial block in! That's denied Peru a certain opener!
42' SENSATIONAL EFFORT! Advincula wins Peru a free-kick in the attacking half, but with the ball 30 yards from goal and off to the right, it would have taken something truly special to find the back of the net, and Guerrero nearly provides it! He smacks a blistering strike in towards the near post, which Farinez has to dive across as full-stretch to parry!
40' Into the final five minutes of the first half, but there figures to be at least five more added on. There's been a wealth of injury stoppages, as well as a significant VAR delay. Still time for one of these sides to break the deadlock before the interval.
38' It's Peru who have snatched momentum back, now finding themselves in the ascendancy. Guerrero escapes his marker to get on the end of Yotun's cross, but the striker can't get the contact right as he lifts a strike over the bar.
36' Cueva is down yet again, suggesting perhaps something is nagging him. The stretcher comes out for him as it's the third time he's gone down and required the training staff to come out and have a look, but as soon as they arrive he pops straight to his feet. He's solely responsible for a good four minutes in delays in this first half.
34' Venezuela have won two Copa America games under Rafael Dudamel (both in 2016); no Venezuela coach has managed to win three games in the competition.
32' Much better from Peru! Advincula doesn't appear to be suffering any ill-effects from that earlier injury. He gets forward wonderfully on the overlap and carves out space for a shot, driving a fierce effort at goal from a little over 20 yards, but it's a bit too close to Farinez!
30' Venezuela have really grown in the ascendancy over the last 15 minutes, getting stronger and stronger as time passes. Peru are having a lot more defending to do, and the gap in time between their attacks is becoming larger.
28' Another injury delay brings play to a halt. There's been no shortage of them in this first half. It's Peru's training staff who are called onto the pitch again, this time to attend to Cueva, who simply bumped into the back of Savarino. There didn't appear to be anything in that.
R. Tapia
Yellow Card
26' Nasty challenge, and a cynical one at best from Tapia, who takes one for the team as he slides in to take down Murillo on the left edge of the penalty area, with the Venezuela attacker having the Peru midfielder beaten for pace. It's a yellow for Tapia, who can have few complaints.
25' Rondon became Venezuela’s all-time top scorer (24) with his brace against the USA on June 9th, surpassing Juan Arango (23).
23' HOW HAS THAT STAYED OUT?! A glorious chance missed by Venezuela from point-blank range as Rondon gets on the end of Herrera's cross in the centre, but Gallese spreads himself wide to make a quite stunning save from just a few yards away!
21' Concern for Peru as their most-capped defender Advincula is down behind the play and slow to get up, as he signals over to the touchline for the training staff to come out. Following a brief pause, he's able to walk off under his own power, however, suggesting he will be fine to play on.
19' Well things have certainly burst to life following a sluggish start to the match. It's been wonderfully open since the disallowed goal, with both sides keen to push forward with pace. There were no shortage of goals when these nations met in World Cup qualifying.
17' BIG CHANCE! Peru break in numbers following a Venezuela corner, as Farfan leads the charge on the counter. He sprints down the right before picking out Cueva in all sorts of space on the left, but the midfielder drives his strike wide of the far post from the edge of the penalty area! He has to be testing the keeper from there.
15' Venezuela respond with a tidy spell in possession. Their build-up play is patient, but probing, as Rincon is eventually teed up for a strike from 25 yards. The skipper makes delicious contact with the strike, but but it's bravely deflected behind by Tapia.
13' Peru are unbeaten under Ricardo Gareca in competitive games against Venezuela, winning one (1-0, in the 2015 Copa America) and drawing two (both 2-2, in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers).
11' IT'S NOT GIVEN! Following the lengthy injury delay, the referee decides to check with VAR. Why he didn't do so during the delay remains to be seen, but anyways... He takes a couple of looks at the replay and decides Farinez was fouled by Tapia! The goal will come off the board! It's still 0-0, and they play on.
9' There's a lengthy delay here as both Farinez and Tapia remain down, and require treatment. Farinez looks worse for wear, as he's getting a bandage applied under his lip
7' PERU DRAW FIRST BLOOD! Or have they? Farinez made an ill-advised charge off his line as the free-kick was delivered in, colliding with Tapia as he swats the ball straight at Gonzales, who bounces a finish in from 12 yards! But was the keeper fouled there? The referee might want to take another look.
L. Del Pino
Yellow Card
6' Guerrero gets involved for the first time today and he lures Mago into a hard foul on the wing, which sees the Venezuela full-back into the referee's book.
5' This cautious approach shouldn't come as much of a surprise. With a tough date against Brazil and more negotiable one against Bolivia up next for these nations, they know how crucial it is to get a result here. The loser would be significantly behind the eight ball in terms of their hopes of progressing.
3' It's been a very slow, controlled start in Porto Alegre, with neither side particularly keen in committing bodies forward. Venezuela enjoy a spell of possession inside their own half, before Peru have one of their own. Plenty of passing among defenders early on.
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! Venezuela in their traditional burgundy kits as they get the match underway, with Peru in their white kit with that vintage red stripe.
SUBS: Patricio Alvarez, Miguel Araujo, Josepmir Ballon, Carlos Caceda, Aldo Corzo, Raul Ruidiaz, Alexander Callens, Jesus Pretell, Edison Flores, Anderson Santamaria, Andre Carrillo, Andy Polo.
PERU (4-2-3-1): Pedro Gallese; Luis Advincula, Carlos Zambrano, Luis Abram, Miguel Trauco; Renato Tapia, Yoshimar Yotun; Jefferson Farfan, Christian Cueva, Christofer Gonzales; Paolo Guerrero.
SUBS: Yordan Osorio, Fernando Aristeguieta, Juan Pablo Anor, Rolf Feltscher, Rafael Romo, Arquimedes Figuera, Darwin Machis, Yeferson Soteldo, Luis Seijas, Josef Martinez, Ronald Hernandez, Joel Graterol.
VENEZUELA (4-3-3): Wuilker Farinez; Roberto Rosales, Jhon Chancellor, Mikel Villanueva, Luis Mago; Junior Moreno, Tomas Rincon, Yangel Herrera; Jhon Murillo, Jefferson Savarino, Salomon Rondon.
Ricardo Gareca names a very similar starting line-up to the one which featured prominently at last summer's World Cup, though Jefferson Farfan has pushed out to the wing as Paolo Guerrero leads the line, with Andre Carrillo having to settle for a place on the bench. Two new faces are Sporting Cristal winger Christofer Gonzales, and Velez Sarsfield centre-back Luis Abram, who is selected to partner the experienced Carlos Zambrano in defence.
Rafael Dudamel turns to the experienced duo of striker Salomon Rondon and midfielder Tomas Rincon to lead the Vinotinto. Full-back Roberto Rosales also provides a wealth of tournament experience, while Under-20 World Cup starts Wuilker Farinez and Yangel Herrera earn a place in the starting line-up. Free-scoring Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez is on the bench, however, with Rondon alone in leading the line.
The hope is the cohesion will continue their momentum and lead Peru to a first title since 1975. The hope for Venezuela is that the handful of players who helped them reach the final at the 2017 Under-20 World Cup can blend with an experienced core, and translate their success to the senior level.
It was at that same tournament Peru ousted Brazil with a famous win in their final group match. In 2018 they ended a 36-year World Cup drought, and now they arrive in Brazil 12 months later with nearly an identical squad.
Popular darkhorse picks, and with good reason, Venezuela are no longer making up numbers in Conmebol. The Vinotinto have made outstanding progress under Rafael Dudamel and will be keen to improve on a strong showing at 2016’s tournament.
Venezuela and Peru arrive in Brazil bursting with potential, without the expectations of some of the bigger nations – a dangerous mix for two nations fully equipped to make a deep run in this tournament.
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