Peru defeat Paraguay, end third in Copa America

Concepcion, July 4 (IANS) Andre Carillo and Paolo Guerrero scored second-half goals as the Peruvian football team defeated Paraguay 2-0 to secure third place in Copa America for the second straight time.

Guerrero’s second-half strike here on Friday made him the tournament’s top-scorer alongside Chile’s Eduardo Vargas with four goals, reports Xinhua.

Both teams were in no hurry to attack early with few scoring chances in a dour first half. Peru’s Jose Reyna had a long-range shot saved by Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar before Carlos Lobaton shot over the bar after also trying his luck from distance.

Paraguay’s best chance of the first half was Oscar Romero’s rasping 30-yard drive that forced a diving save from Pedro Gallese.

‘Los Incas’ went ahead just after halftime when Raul Bobadilla’s clearing header went straight to Carillo, who lashed a low first-time finish into the bottom corner.

Hosts Chile will take on Argentina in the final at Santiago’s Estadio Nacional on Saturday night.


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