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Report: Bolivia 1 Peru 3

first_imgPaolo Guerrero scored and set up another as Peru kick-started their Copa America campaign with a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Bolivia at the Maracana.Peru stuttered to a goalless draw against Venezuela in their Group A opener and Ricardo Gareca’s men fell behind to Marcelo Martins’ 18th international goal in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.Martins converted a 28th-minute penalty after a VAR check to give Bolivia – who lost 3-0 to hosts Brazil – an unlikely lead before star forward and captain Guerrero equalised on the stroke of half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Guerrero then provided the assist for Jefferson Farfan’s 55th-minute header and substitute Edison Flores added a third in the sixth minute of stoppage time.Postales del gol de Jefferson Farfán, con el cual @SeleccionPeru  vence 2-1 a Bolivia  por la fase de grupos de la @CopaAmerica. #ArribaPerú pic.twitter.com/SyAYBKuy1U— Selección Peruana  (@SeleccionPeru) June 18, 2019Peru controlled proceedings throughout the first half but they struggled to create any clear-cut chances and the 2018 World Cup participants were left stunned when Bolivia broke the deadlock against the run of play.There was confusion when the referee appeared to point to the spot for a handball against Peru’s Carlos Zambrano in the 24th minute, but he then signalled for offside.After a lengthy VAR check, a penalty was eventually awarded and Martins made no mistake as he coolly converted past Pedro Gallese four minutes later to move within two goals of Bolivia’s all-time scoring record.With time almost up in the opening period, Peru drew level. Christian Cueva dispossessed Bolivia on the halfway line and played a defence-splitting pass down the middle for Guerrero, who touched the ball around goalkeeper Carlos Lampe and finished into an empty net.Farfan put Peru ahead 10 minutes into the second half following a towering header after Guerrero turned provider to tee up the Lokomotiv Moscow veteran.Bolivia had a golden opportunity to restore parity but Erwin Saavedra blazed over from close range after Raul Castro’s shot was parried into his path, with Flores adding some gloss to the scoreline in the 96th minute following a swift counter-attack. What does it mean? Peru on track to qualifyAfter firing a blank against Venezuela, Peru got their tournament off and running. Quarter-finalists in 2016 and third the year prior, La Blanquirroja will be looking to at least match that run in Brazil.Guerrero the hero… againWearing the captain’s armband and topping Peru’s scoring charts, the responsibility often falls on Guerrero. But the 35-year-old talisman thrives on it and he led the way again on Tuesday. His 36th international goal and an assist has Peru poised to progress.Bolivia’s woes continueMartins’ early goal gave Bolivia some hope but it was the same old story for Eduardo Villegas’ team. Bolivia crashed to a fifth consecutive defeat, with the struggling South American nation still looking for their first victory since October 2018 – a run of nine games.Key Opta Facts:- Bolivia have lost their past seven Copa America games, with an aggregate score of 4-21.- Peru are on their longest unbeaten run – seven games – in the Copa America.- Guerrero has scored 12 Copa goals, which is the equal most of active players alongside Chile’s Eduardo Vargas.- Only Guerrero has netted more goals for Peru than Farfan, whose 27th saw him overtake Teofilo Cubillas in second on the list.What’s next?Peru will close out their group-stage campaign against hosts Brazil in Sao Paulo on Saturday, while Bolivia and Venezuela meet on the same day. read morelast_img read more

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