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Copa America: Peru Defeat Paraguay On Penalties, Meet Brazil In Semifinal

Copa America: Peru Defeat Paraguay On Penalties, Meet Brazil

Miguel Trauco | Source: Getty Images

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Peru continue to enjoy a change of fortunes as they defeat Paraguay 4-3 on penalties to punch their ticket to the Copa America semifinals after the teams played a 3-3 draw after an action-packed 90 minutes.

Miguel Trauco scored the decisive penalty for Peru in a shoot-out that echoed the drama match with two shots over the crossbar and three saves.

Peruvian keeper Pedro Gallese set the stage for Trauco with his diving save of Alberto Espinola's attempt.

Paraguay captain Gustavo Gomez had opened the scoring in the 11th minute, but Gianluca Lapadula scored in the 21st and 40th to give Peru the lead.

Paraguay's prospects looked bleak when Gomez was sent off moments before halftime, but Junior Alonso pulled them level in the 54th minute.

Yoshimar Yotun's 80th-minute strike put Peru up 3-2, but after Andre Carillo was sent off in the 84th to reduce the Peruvians to 10 men, Gabriel Avalos grabbed a last-minute equaliser to force the penalty shootout.

Peru will battle for a place in the final against Brazil after the hosts secured a 1-0 victory against Chile in Rio de Janeiro.

Lapadula said they would be ready.

"Between Chile and Brazil, it's the same thing," he said. "We have a semifinal and we have to think about that."

The quarterfinals will conclude on Saturday when Argentina take on Ecuador and Uruguay face Colombia.

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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Copa America 2020/2021 TABLE

Copa America
No Teams P Pts
1 Brazil 4 10
2 Peru 4 7
3 Colombia 4 4
4 Ecuador 4 3
5 Venezuela 4 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Argentina 4 10
2 Uruguay 4 7
3 Paraguay 4 6
4 Chile 4 5
5 Bolivia 4 0
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