Bolivia scored their first goal in five games but it was not enough to give them their first Copa America point as Peru came from behind to win 3-1 in their Group A game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bolivia took the lead when Marcelo Martins scored a VAR-assisted penalty in the 28th minute. Peru superstar Paolo Guerrero equalized before the break by rounding the keeper and slotting the ball into an empty net. Peru had the upper hand after Jefferson Farfan headed home in the 55th minute.
Finally, Edison Flores secured the victory with a skillful chip from the edge of the box in the dying moments. Peru currently have 4 points from 2 games, while Bolivia remain pointless. Peru will meet the tournament’s hosts Brazil on the final day of the group stage matches.
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… again
Wearing 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 continue
Martins’ 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.
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.