An own goal by central defender Yerry Mina gave victory to the Peruvian team this Sunday, which with great defensive work beat a little creative Colombia 1-2 on the third day of Group B of the Copa América.
At the Pedro Ludovico Teixeira Olympic Stadium, in Goiania, Ricardo Gareca’s team took the lead in the first half with a score by Sergio Peña, from Emmen of the Netherlands, while the coffee growers provisionally equalized with a penalty from striker Miguel Borja, from Junior de Barranquilla.
This also marked the first fall for Colombia in the era of Reinaldo Rueda after having won two games, Peru itself and Ecuador, and equalized the remaining two, against Argentina and Venezuela.
La Blanquirroja tried to impose conditions at the beginning of the game, driven by the work of Renato Tapia and Yoshimar Yotún in the center of the field and upset a rival who, as in previous games, showed many doubts in defense.
However, Rueda’s team tried to take advantage of the spaces left by their rival with Cuadrado in this section, who in this part of the game appeared from the left and had the first approach with a long-distance shot, after getting rid of Carrillo, who He brushed past one of Pedro Gallese’s goal posts.
The match changed at minute 16 when Peru opened the scoring in a play in which Yotún, with a lot of space, took a shot that crashed into David Ospina’s left post and on the rebound Peña, without any mark, took an impossible right hand to save for the Colombian goalkeeper.
Those led by Gareca withdrew, closed spaces and bothered a Colombia that, as in the game against Ecuador, had many difficulties to break the rival defense, supported by the central Christian Ramos and Alexander Callens, with good performance.
For the complementary stage, Colombia readjusted and tried to break the defense with long balls, one of which, sent by Edwin Cardona at minute 51, reached Borja, who was knocked down by Gallese in the area.
The Junior player was in charge of collecting the penalty and making Rueda’s team celebrate.
However, the joy did not last long for the Coffee team, because at minute 64 Christian Cueva took a corner kick that was passed to everyone in the area, it bounced off Mina in the body and got into the Colombian goal, despite the Ospina effort.
To try to hurt, Rueda sent midfielder Gustavo Cuéllar and forward Luis Fernando Muriel to the field, who joined Borja for the clearest goal opportunity his team had, apart from the goal, in the second half.
Meanwhile Peru tried to take advantage of the context of the game to hurt the right, an area through which the winger Aldo Corzo and the winger Carrillo did damage at the expense of William Tesillo and Davinson Sánchez.
In the end, without order and looking to do damage with innocuous centers, Colombia could not equalize and gave life to Peru, which takes a breath after having lost 4-0 with Brazil in the debut.
On the next round, which will be played on Wednesday, the Blanquirroja will face Ecuador, while the Cafetera will play against the unstoppable host team.