Goiania (EFE) – The Peruvian team qualified this Friday in Goiania to the semifinals of the 47th edition of the Copa América, in which they await Brazil or Chile on Monday, after defeating Paraguay in a penalty shootout 4-3 after equal 3-3 in regulation time.
Peru traveled nonstop to the semifinals of the tournament being played in Brazil thanks to a goal from Yoshimar Yotún 10 minutes from the end of regulation time, but a goal from Gabriel Ávalos at the edge of the 90 left the match 3-3 in Goiania and led the decision to the penalty shootout.
The Paraguayan team played the second half with ten players due to the expulsion of captain and scorer Gustavo Gómez in the throes of the first half, in which Peru overcame a scare and went ahead 2-1.
The numerical disadvantage paradoxically helped Eduardo Berizzo’s men to play more dynamically and quickly and signal a transitory 2-2 with a goal at 54 from defender Junior Alonso.
The teams reached that equality after a first half of a lot of pyrotechnics.
In a matter of 19 minutes, Gianluca Lapadula signed a double that neutralized the advantage that Paraguay opened in the 11th minute with a goal from captain Gustavo Gómez after receiving a free kick.
In the 21st the Italian striker with a Peruvian mother appeared to equalize the match at the Pedro Ludovico Olympic Stadium.
And at the edge of 40 minutes, the Benevento player born 31 years ago in Turin established the Blanquirroja comeback.
Alonso’s transitory 2-2 was not the only emotion in the second half, since Yotún’s advantage came 10 minutes from the end, but the Peruvian team did not know how to maintain the advantage and allowed Ávalos to draw in the 90th.
Before, in 85, the Blanquirroja had lost André Carrillo by expulsion.