The road to the 2019 Copa America title stops at the quarterfinals for Uruguay and Barcelona’s Luis Suárez thanks to a historic win by Peru on penalties after a 0-0 draw in normal time. La Celeste had three goals disallowed and created a whole lot of chances to win, but could not find the back of the net. Luis Suárez then missed a key penalty, and the Peruvians are through to the semifinals to face Arturo Vidal and Chile.
Wow. Just wow.
Unlike their game against Brazil at the end of the group stage, Peru looked much more solid in the first half, keeping the ball well and not making any bad mistakes at the back, and thanks to a Uruguay team that once again had problems with midfield creation they avoided going down early and always looked a threat when Cueva and Guerrero got on the ball.
Despite Peru’s possession and solid all-around play it was Uruguay who had all the best chances, with Cavani missing two of them in front of the keeper and De Arrascaeta having a goal disallowed for offside. The Celeste was dangerous as usual on set pieces, but neither Godín nor Giménez could find the back of the net.
At halftime, a well-organized Peru were giving Uruguay trouble, but the Celeste still looked more likely to score heading into the second half.
The second half was dominated by Uruguay as Peru sensed they had a real shot at penalties and decided to sit deep and survive. The Celeste found a lot of bodies in front of the box and struggled to find their strikers, but they still scored anyway: Cavani with a beautiful chip over the keeper, and Suárez with a poacher’s finish inside the six-yard box.
The bad news for Uruguay is that both players were offside on the goals, and they were correctly disallowed by the assistant and confirmed by VAR. Uruguay still tried to find a winner with set pieces and long throws, but had no success and we had a third quarterfinal to be decided on penalty kicks.
Luis Suárez started things off with a terrible kick that was saved by Gallese, and despite the rest of his teammates making all of their penalties, the five Peruvian players took fantastic spot kicks and pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament.
Uruguay: Muslera; González, Giménez, Godín, Cáceres; Nández (Torreira), Bentancur, Valverde (Stuani), Arrascaeta; Cavani, Suárez
Peru: Gallese; Advíncula, Zambrano, Abram, Trauco; Tapia, Yotún; Carillo (González), Cueva (Ruidíaz), Flores; Guerrero
Penalties: Uruguay 4 (Cavani, Stuani, Bentancur, Torreira), Peru 5 (Guerrero, Ruidíaz, Yotún, Advíncula, Flores)