Peru Into Semis Out After Paolo Guerrero Hat Trick
Paolo Guerrero silenced his critics having a hat-trick as Peru transformed Bolivia 3-1 for any place within the final four from the Copa America.
Peru coach Ricardo Gareca was made to defend Guerrero’s goalscoring record pre-match, following the striker went goalless in most three group games in Chile, departing him with only two worldwide goals since 2012.
Guerrero, however, demonstrated his worth together with his second Copa America hat-trick at Estadio Municipal German Becker on Thursday as Peru earned back-to-back semi-final appearances, getting arrived at the ultimate four in Argentina this year, along with a showdown with host nation Chile.
The Flamengo recruit, who claimed a 3-goal haul against Venezuela 4 years ago, broke the deadlock together with his mind within the 20th minute, before doubling his tally carrying out a quick counter attack three minutes later.
Guerrero completed his hat-trick along with a memorable performance with 16 minutes remaining because he moved second on Peru’s all-time goalscoring charts with 24, alongside Teodoro Fernandez.
Marcelo Martins converted a problem six minutes from time however it was not enough, far too late for that Bolivians.
Bolivia – appearing within their first quarter-final since 1997 – made a number of changes towards the team that lost 5- to Chile a week ago, with Edemir Rodriguez, Pablo Escobar, Ricardo Pedriel and Walter Veizaga shedding out for Edward Zenteno, Miguel Hurtado, Danny Bejarano and Alcides Pena.
Star forward Jefferson Farfan came back for Peru, while Victor Yotun and Edwin Retamoso were named within the beginning XI at the fee for Josepmir Ballon and suspended captain Carlos Lobaton following last week’s goalless draw with Colombia.
Bolivia arrived to the match because the cheapest rated nation residing in the quarter-finals plus they resided as much as that tag as Peru acquired a stranglehold on proceedings within the opening 23 minutes.
Guerrero was the main destroyer having a quick-fire brace, the very first of his goals arriving the twentieth minute after rising greatest to mind Juan Vargas’ mix past goalie Romel Quinonez, although with the help of a deflection off Cristian Coimbra.
It improved three minutes later as Peru caught Bolivia around the counter, with Christian Cueva playing through Guerrero, who tucked the ball underneath Quinonez.
Bolivia gradually labored their way into the contest plus they almost pulled an objective back via Leonel Morales and the thunderous lengthy-range strike, while Martins forced Pedro Gallese right into a save.
The end result was almost put certainly before half-time, but Farfan’s free-kick rattled the crossbar, getting hit the outdoors from the publish minutes earlier.
Farfan is at the thick from the action within the other half, though an objective ongoing to elude the forward, despite two good possibilities.
In the other finish, Bolivia’s appeals for any 69th-minute penalty were waved away by referee Wilmar Roldan. Ricardo Pedriel made an appearance to become taken lower by Gallese on the way to goal.
Bolivia’s woes were compounded 5 minutes later, when Guerrero capitalised on Bejarano’s wayward pass because he drove through on goal unchallenged for his hat-trick.
The Bolivians salvaged some pride late within the match, when Martins converted in the penalty place after Ronald Raldes was introduced lower by substitute Yordy Reyna within the area.