The Peruvian national football team continued its successful start in the current edition of the South American Nations Cup “Copa America”, by defeating Paraguay 4-3 on penalties, after they tied 3-3 in the evening “Friday” in the first matches of the quarter-finals of the tournament.
The Peruvian team deservedly secured its place in the semi-finals of the tournament, and the team will meet in the semi-final with the winner of the upcoming confrontation between Brazil and Chile.
Paraguay scored in the 11th minute through Gustavo Gomez, but Peru responded with two consecutive goals scored by Gianluca Lapadula in the 21st and 40th minutes.
Paraguay’s situation worsened at the end of the first half, as Gustavo Gomez was sent off in the third minute of stoppage time for this half for receiving a second warning in the match.
Despite the numerical shortage in its ranks during the second half, the Paraguay team was better than its Peruvian rival, and scored the equalizer through Junior Alonso in the 54th minute.
The tie between the two teams remained until Yoshimar Yotun hit a powerful ball from outside the penalty area, hitting the ball against Paraguay defender Robert Rojas and changing its direction to land in the goal to the right of the goalkeeper.
While this goal appeared to be the winning goal, Peru star Andre Carrillo was sent off in the 85th minute for receiving a second yellow card in the match.
With the two teams equal in the last minutes after Carrillo was sent off, Paraguay managed to snatch a precious equalizer with a goal scored by Gabriel Avalos in the 90th minute, and the two teams went to penalty kicks directly without extra time according to the tournament system.
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