Saturday July 23, 2011 Third-place play-off Finished Estadio Ciudad de La Plata

Peru 4 - 1 Venezuela

  • Chiroque 42’
  • Guerrero 65’, 90’, 90’
  • Arango 78’

  1. Guerrero secures third for Peru

    Guerrero secures third for Peru

    Striker Paolo Guerrero scored a hat-trick as Peru crushed 10-man Venezuela 4-1 in La Plata to take third place at the Copa America. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Peru
    • Venezuela
    • 90+4' There's the final whistle! it's bronze for Peru! Join us tomorrow at 20:00 UK time for the final between Paraguay and Uruguay!
    • 90+3' GOOOOOOOLLLLLL!!! HAT-TRICK FOR GUERRERO!! That also gives him the golden boot with five. He chests the ball down and slides another low finish past Vega into the left corner! Ity's tough on Venezuela, but brilliant from Guerrero.
    • 90+2' Into the second of three minutes of added time...
    • 90+1' Well, it was very nervy for a minute there, but Guerraro has secured a bronze medal for Peru. Well played.
    • 90' GOOOOOLLLL!!! Paolo Guerrero makes it safe for Peru!! He knocks the ball past his man, steadies himself and finishes low into the left corner from the edge of the box - his fourth goal of the tournament.
    • 90' Peru win a free-kick, and run every second they possibly can off the clock...
    • 89' Cichero barges his man to the ground and is very lucky not to be shown a second yellow card!
    • 88' Long throw from the Venezuela left... cleared, and here come Peru on the break... Guerraro cannot find Chiroque from the right!
    • 86' Maldonado is booked - either for a shove by the corner flag or the dissent that follwed it.
    • 85' Chiroque lashes a shot from just outside the box, but cannot keep the ball down.
    • 84' Gabriel Cichero is rightly booked for a deeply agricultural challenge... every bit as bad as the one that saw Rincon sent off, actually.
    • 83' What a comeback this would be if Venezuela can pull it off - and they're all over Peru at the moment.
    • 82' WHAT A CHANCE!! Venezuela should be level!! Fernandez parries Arango's free-kick straight into the path of Cichero, but he makes a complete mess of the finish!
    • 81' Rondon crosses from the Venezuela left... cleared by Rodriguez, but Peru are starting to look nervous.
    • 79' Orozco was the man behind that move yet again - and Venezuela deserve a goal for his contribution alone!
    • 78' GOOOOLLL!!! VENEZUELA PULL A GOAL BACK!! ARANGO!! He thumps the ball low into the left corner from 20 yards, and this game has just got interesting!
    • 77' Orozco again the architect, chipping the ball into the area for the onrushing Arango, but there is a timely block.
    • 76' An Orozco-inspired move leads to a chance for Maldonado, who drags his shot just wide! Venezuela will not go quietly into the night!
    • 74' Orozco has been very lively for Venezuela, and he continues to run at the Peruvian defence with plenty of verve and purpose.
    • 72' It could be a tough last 20 minutes for Venezuela - they are continuing to press forward and risk getting overrun.
    • 70' Incidentally, I've had yet another look at that red card offence, at full speed, and it really wasn't that bad. A harsh red.
    • 69' Arango's first touch is from a free-kick that clips the wall and goes behind for a corner.
    • 68' Venezuela change: The hugely experienced Juan Arango replaces Cesar Gonzalez.
    • 67' Adan Balbin is booked for holding Rondon down in an aerial challenge.
    • 65' That is surely the end of the Venezuelan challenge - they are down to 10 and two goals behind. Plus they are starting to lose their rag.
    • 63' GOOOOOLLL!!! Peru go two up - a long ball up the field found Paolo Guerrero but he still had lots to do - he played a one-two with William Chiroque on the edge of the area and then blasted a finish into the roof of the net from a tight angle.
    • 62' And a change for Venezuela - Salomon Rondon comes on for Miku.
    • 61' Just when it looked like they were getting back into the game, Venezuela have been rocked - how will they react now?
    • 60' That's the end of the game for Lobaton - he is replaced by Michael Guevara.
    • 59' The player of the tournament goes off in disgrace. The replay shows it wasn't a very clever challenge, in truth.
    • 58' RED CARD!! VENEZUELA DOWN TO 10! Rincon fles in on Lobaton and he is shown a straight red card! It looked a little harsh to me, but the Peruvian player has been taken off on the motorised cart.
    • 56' Peru respond with a slick passing move of their own, but one which founders when Lobaton overhits his pass and it skips out for a goal-kick.
    • 54' Orozco dribbles to the edge of the Peru box, then tries an ambitous give-and-go that doesn't quite come off...
    • 53' Gonazlez is felled by an uncompromisnig Lobaton challenge, and Venezuela have a chance from the resultant free-kick.
    • 51' Another chance for Peru here and another attempt to tee Chiroque up for a tap-in, but this time it is cut out!
    • 49' Gonzalez goes ambitiously and unsuccessfully for goal from fully 30 yards... but a really good start to the second half from Venezuela.
    • 47' MIKU!! A real chance for Venezuela! He turns and fires from eight yards, but the ball rolls agonisingly wide of the left-hand post!
    • 46' An early chance as the ball bounces through to Maldonado inside the box, but he cannot prod it in!
    • 46' Venezuela are slow to come out for the second half, but here they are at last, and it's game on again.
    • 45+1' And that's half-time - Peru a goal to the good. back in a few minutes.
    • 45' One minute of time added on to be played.
    • 44' Peru are happy now to sit back and play out the remainder of the first half.
    • 43' How will Venezuela react to that setback - the result of simply committing too many players forward.
    • 42' GOOOOOOLLL!!! PERU IN FRONT! William Chiroque opens the scoring! peru comes through two on two, Guerrero squares low for Chiroque and it is an easy finish for the 31-year-old who scores his first goal for his country.
    • 39' That is a really poor free-kick from the experienced Jose Manuel Rey, who boots it long, and straight into the arms of Peru keeper Raul Fernandez.
    • 38' You could see that booking coming a mile off - Cruzado upends Gonzalez and the Peruvian is duly shown a yellow card.
    • 37' Another Peruvian hits the deck, and this time the referee tells him to get on with it.
    • 35' Free-kick Peru after another foul in midfield - the referee is starting to tire of this.
    • 33' The corner comes to nothing, but Vanezuela will be encourgaed by their progress in the last few minutes.
    • 32' Miku turns adroitly inside the box and shoots low... but Fernandez turns it behind for a corner.
    • 30' Great move from Venezuela, featuring Orozco and a great dummy by Maldonado, but the striker strays offside again.
    • 29' Maldonado has the ball in the net after the ball bobbles through to him, but he is rightly flagged offside.
    • 27' Good move by peru, worked for the overlapping Chiroque on the right side of the box... he goes for goal and Vega stays big, parrying it for a corner!
    • 25' Peru are dominating possession, with Venezuela looking to attack with pace when their opponents give it away. Fairly cagey stuff.
    • 23' Chiroque goes on a mazy dribble, cutting inside from the left, but he completely overdoes it and ends up in a heap with the ball at Venezuelan feet.
    • 21' Before the game, Venezuela's Tomas Rincon was named player of the tournament - the defensive midfielder has left an indelible mark on this Copa America.
    • 19' Peru win a free-kick about 40 yards from goal... whipped in and flicked on, and Revoredo is just inches away from turning it in!
    • 17' Peru have lost only three of their last 17 internationals and are starting to look like the stronger side here.
    • 16' A Peru corner finds Ramos who heads into the ground, and Vega juggles the ball before finally clinging on at the second attempt.
    • 14' Venezuela free-kick 45 yards from the Peru goal... curled into danger by Orozco, but it is just iver everybody and Fernandez makes a decent stop in the Peruvian goal.
    • 12' Peru's route to the last four took in wins over Mexico and Colombia, before they went down 2-0 to Uruguay in the semis.
    • 10' Chance for Peru as goalkeeper Renny Vega flaps at a cross from the left, but it is headed over unmarked at the back stick!
    • 8' Venezuela got here courtesy of an unbeaten group stage and a win against Chile in the last eight, followed by an agonising defeat on penalties to Paraguay in the semis.
    • 6' It is a sunny afternoon, and despite a bright start from both teams the atmosphere is a little lukewarm.
    • 4' A Delap-esque long throw comes in from the Peru left... it is flicked on but scrambled clear at the back post.
    • 3' Maldonado flashes the game's first shot over the bar... decent start from Venezuela.
    • 2' The stadium is less than full, it must be said - hosts Argentina went out at the last eight stage, of course.
    • 1' Game on in La Plata! Peru kick off, playing from right to left in those famous white shirts with red diagonal stripes.
    • - The third place match always has a slight air of anti-climax about it, but both of these sides have overachieved to reach the semi-finals and will be desperate for a bronze medal.
    • - VENEZUELA: Vega; Rosales, Rey, Vizcarrondo, Cichero; Rincón, Seijas; C.González, Orozco; Miku, Maldonado.
    • - PERU: Fernández; Revoredo, Rodríguez, Ramos; Corzo, Balbín, Yotún, Cruzado, Lobatón; Chiroque, Guerrero.
    • - Welcome to LIVE coverage of the third place match from the Copa America - Peru v Venezuela.
  • Summary

    • 29' Maldonado has the ball in the net after the ball bobbles through to him, but he is rightly flagged offside.

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  • Peru

    Manager: Sergio Markarián

  • Venezuela

    Manager: Cesar Farias

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