Peru beat Paraguay on penalties to reach Copa America final 4

Sports Desk, Jul 2 (EFE).- Peru conceded an equalizer to Paraguay in the 90th minute of Friday’s Cope America quarterfinal before before prevailing 4-3 on penalties to book their ticket to the last four.

Gustavo Gomez put Paraguay up in the 11th minute of the match in Goiania, Brazil, but Italian-born Gianluca Lapadula scored a brace to give Peru a 2-1 edge at the break.

Paraguay had to play the entire second period with 10 men, as Gomez was sent off in first-half stoppage time for a second yellow card, yet they still managed to level the score at 2-2 with a goal in the 54th minute by Junior Alonso.

When Yoshimar Yotun made it 3-2 for Peru with 10 minutes left, the Inca squad looked set for the semifinals.

In the 85th minute, however Peru’s Andre Carrillo was expelled with a second yellow card and Gabriel Avalos knotted the score at 3-3 to force the shootout.

Next up for Peru will be the winner of Friday night’s Brazil-Chile clash. EFE sd/dr

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