Peru stun champions Chile 3-0 to reach Copa America final

Tags: The strait Times

Posted: Thursday, 2019-07 at 04:23AM

Goals from Edison Flores, Yoshimar Yotun and Paolo Guerrero handed Peru a deserved win which sends them into a final against Brazil at the Maracana Stadium on Sunday. The stunning upset prevented Chile's golden generation from challenging for a third straight title, following their wins over Argentina in 2015 and 2016. Instead, the finalists from the previous two editions will meet in Saturday's third-place play-off in Sao Paulo. Little was expected of Peru in the knock-out stages after they ended the group phase with a 5-0 thrashing by Brazil. But after riding their luck - and being saved by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) three times - to beat Uruguay on penalties in the quarter-final, they were a completely rejuvenated outfit in Porto Alegre. "The team has gone back to its essence, passing the ball and running hard," said goalscorer Yotun. "The game against Brazil was tough but this will be a different match. It's a final that's there to be won. We have to work hard and lift this cup." Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, the villain of that 5-0 defeat, was again faultless, as he had been in the quarter-final when decisively saving Luis Suarez's shoot-out penalty

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