By Gerald Lutchman
IN a night of opposite games, Peru overcame Paraguay in a truly exciting encounter and Brazil beat Chile in an exceptional boring match.
Peru 3 vs Paraguay 3
Penalties were decided in sudden death with Peru winning
I did predict Peru to win this game but what I did not predict was the extreme excitement. It was a blast, the best game of the tournament. What a match, comparable to the best in the Euros. It was the Copa game I waiting for all this time. It had everything, six goals, sending offs, a penalty shootout and a sudden-death winner.
It was a see saw game. Paraguay took the lead in the 11th minute by Gustavo Gomez and then Peru got even when the same Gomez scored an own goal.
Gustavo Gomez was sent off in the 45 +3rd. He has the distinction of being the only person to score for both sides in the same game in the tournament and to also get a red.
Peru took the lead in the 40th with Gianluca Lapadula strike but Junior Alonso equalised in the 54th. Peru went ahead again in the 80th through Yoshimar Yotun but Gabriel Avalos equalised again in the 90th minute. In the interim Andre Carrillo was sent off for Peru in the 85th minute.
There is no extra time in the Copa and it was straight penalties. They still could not be separated (3-3) and it was on to sudden death where Peru finally won.
Brazil 1 vs Chile 0
The first game was magical but the second game was back to Copa boredom. In a thoroughly boring affair Brazil won 1 -0. Brazil as is customary took the lead in the 46th minute by a Lucas Paqueta goal.
Gabriel Jesus was sent off in the 48th minute for an extremely dangerous challenge. I cannot understand why it happened because Brazil had just scored.
That was all that occurred because Brazil closed up shop and defended the rest of the game. Chile had no clue on how to unlock the defence and to my amazement tried the same tactic for 45 minutes.