Tuesday, May 24

Peruvian pride: Peru dominated Colombia and comes to life in the Copa América

Peru was more than Colombia in the field of Goiás.

Photo: Evaristo Sa / AFP / Getty Images

The group B of the Copa América is red hot: Peru, who arrived at a bad time for his appointment against Colombia, managed to give a show of pride to stay with the victory (1-2) and immediately enter the fight for a place at the quarter finals of the tournament.

Obviously it was not an easy game for Ricardo Gareca’s team, who two weeks ago was beaten by the same rival in Lima (0-3), on date seven of the Qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022.

But from the beginning the approach showed us that Peru was looking for a win, one that was very necessary after losing to Brazil in the debut (0-4).

Sergio Pena He opened the account after taking advantage of a rebound from the post. With Ospina practically beaten, the Emmen de la Eredivisie midfielder did not fail in his definition. 0-1 to 17 ′.

Colombia, without much effort, got the tie thanks to a penalty made by Miguel Borja. He converted it himself, deceiving Pedro Gallese. Match tied from minute 53.

It seemed that 1-1 would change the development of the game. That Colombia would turn to the attack. That was the intention of Reinaldo Rueda, who admitted Luis Muriel minutes after the tie.

But Peru did not deliver the ball, on the contrary, they kept fighting. And he quickly found his prize: a corner generated a own goal by Yerry Mina. 2-1 Peru at 64 ′.

The “Blanquirroja” knew how to control the game, without falling into panic and executing the reflex act of taking care of the advantage. Nor did he generate much more in attack. But he did the most important thing: cancel each Colombian attempt, which became even more diluted with the passage of time – and the arrival of fatigue.

Colombia finished the day in second place in the group, with four points from three games. The victory placed Peru in third place, with three points.

The last two games in the group stage will be final for Peru: they will face Ecuador (6/23) and Venezuela (6/27), teams with which they will dispute a ticket to the quarterfinals of the Copa América.

Colombia has not qualified, but certainly having four points is a good cushion. However, nothing is defined in the group beyond the classification of Brazil, precisely their last rival in the group stage.


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