Copa America - Semi-final
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Copa America: Peru beat defending champions Chile 3-0 to reach final

Peru celebrate with their fans at the final whistle
Peru celebrate with their fans at the final whistle

Peru ended Chile's hopes of winning a third consecutive Copa America title as they reached a first final since 1975 with a comfortable semi-final victory.

Edison Flores and Yoshimar Yotun scored first-half goals and Paolo Guerrero added a late third for Peru, while Chile missed an injury-time penalty.

Peru meet hosts Brazil in the final on Sunday, after they beat Argentina 2-0.

"We've come through some tough moments in the Copa and we deserve to be in the final," said Peru coach Ricardo Gareca.

Peru's performance came one match after they were thumped 5-0 by Brazil in their final group game and Gareca, 61, added: "We managed to overcome the huge adversity that was this defeat, and that was hastily judged and provoked a wave of harsh criticism."

Chile squandered a number of chances - including the late penalty with Eduardo Vargas' attempted 'Panenka-style' spot-kick saved by in-form Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.

Peru, who beat 15-time winners Uruguay on penalties in the quarter-finals, opened the scoring in the 21st-minute when winger Flores nodded in from a corner.

Left-back Yotun volleyed in a second before the break, to punish a mistake by Chile keeper Gabriel Arias.

Guerrero completed the victory in injury time over a Chile side ranked 16th in the world, five places above Peru.

Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda was unable to explain his side's performance, following their penalty shootout win over Colombia in the quarter-finals and said Peru "surprised" them.

"I don't know what factors could have influenced these first 20 minutes that made the difference," said the Colombian.

"Mentally we wanted to play the final without dealing first with this step and Peru surprised us."

Chile had been aiming to win a third title on the bounce, a feat not achieved since Argentina managed it from 1945-47.

The Copa America final takes places at Rio's Maracana Stadium on Sunday, 7 July at 21:00 BST.

Line-ups

Chile

  • 1Arias
  • 4Isla
  • 17Medel
  • 3MaripánSubstituted forCastilloat 89'minutes
  • 15Beausejour
  • 20Aránguiz
  • 13PulgarBooked at 74mins
  • 8Vidal
  • 6FuenzalidaSubstituted forSagalat 45'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 11Vargas
  • 7Sánchez

Substitutes

  • 2Lichnovsky
  • 5Díaz
  • 9Castillo
  • 10Valdés
  • 12Cortés
  • 14Pavez
  • 16Hernández
  • 18Jara
  • 19Fernandes
  • 21Opazo
  • 22Sagal
  • 23Urra

Peru

  • 1Gallese
  • 17AdvínculaBooked at 72mins
  • 15Zambrano
  • 2Abram
  • 6Trauco
  • 13Tapia
  • 19Yotún
  • 18CarrilloSubstituted forPoloat 71'minutes
  • 8CuevaSubstituted forBallónat 80'minutes
  • 20FloresSubstituted forGonzálesat 50'minutes
  • 9Guerrero

Substitutes

  • 3Corzo
  • 4Santamaría
  • 5Araujo
  • 7Ballón
  • 11Ruidíaz
  • 12Cáceda
  • 14Polo
  • 16Pretell
  • 21Álvarez
  • 22Callens
  • 23Gonzáles
Referee:
Wilmar Alexander Roldán Pérez
Attendance:
33,058

Match Stats

Home TeamChileAway TeamPeru
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chile 0, Peru 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chile 0, Peru 3.

  3. Post update

    Penalty saved! Eduardo Vargas (Chile) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the top centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  5. Post update

    VAR: Penalty Kick. Referee decision on field cancelled.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match (Chile). VAR checking.

  7. Post update

    Penalty Chile. Charles Aránguiz draws a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Luis Abram (Peru) after a foul in the penalty area.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Eduardo Vargas (Chile) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicolás Castillo.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Chile 0, Peru 3. Paolo Guerrero (Peru) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Renato Tapia with a through ball.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mauricio Isla (Chile).

  12. Post update

    Luis Abram (Peru) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Chile. Nicolás Castillo replaces Guillermo Maripán.

  14. Post update

    Ángelo Sagal (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Christofer Gonzáles (Peru).

  16. Booking

    Ángelo Sagal (Chile) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ángelo Sagal (Chile).

  18. Post update

    Miguel Trauco (Peru) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Guillermo Maripán (Chile).

  20. Post update

    Pedro Gallese (Peru) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 4th July 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil32108087
2Venezuela31203125
3Peru311136-34
4Bolivia300329-70

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colombia33004049
2Argentina31113304
3Paraguay302134-12
4Qatar301225-31

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Uruguay32107257
2Chile32016246
3Japan302137-42
4Ecuador301227-51
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