Peru advances in Copa América after Suárez misses penalty

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Underdogs Peru advanced to the semifinals of Copa América on Saturday after a goal less draw and a penalty shootout miss from Uruguay striker Luis Suárez.

Peru’s next opponent will be defending champion Chile, who eliminated Colombia also on penalties Friday night. The match will take place Wednesday at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre.

Brazil and Argentina will face off Tuesday in Belo Horizonte for the other spot in the July 7 final at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Suárez was the only player to miss from the spot after the goal less draw between Uruguay and Peru. Edison Flores scored Peru’s last goal in the 5-4 penalty shootout win.

Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, who was under severe criticism after Peru was routed 5-0 by Brazil a week ago, saved Suárez shot with his belly and decided the match for the Peruvians.

Peru got through the group as one of the top two teams finishing third place. It’s only win in four matches was a 3-1 against weak Bolivia.

The match in Salvador offered few opportunities for both teams and was played under rain in the entire first half. Only 21,000 fans were at the 48,000-seater Arena Fonte Nova to watch.

The Uruguayans had three goals disallowed by offside and did create the best opportunities of the match.

“Soccer is not about deserving. They took their penalty shots better,” said Uruguayan defender Diego Godín.

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said his team deserved to advance because of its will power.

The match in Salvador marked the third goal less draw in the quarterfinals of Copa América in Brazil. The only goals of this phase were scored in Argentina’s 2-0 victory against Venezuela.

Source: FOX Sport

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