Peru edge Paraguay for Copa America semi-final

Peru through to Copa America semi-finals 1

Peru through to Copa America semi-finals

Peru through to Copa America semi-finals
Peru through to Copa America semi-finals

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Peru became the first side to book their place in the Copa America semi-finals after beating Paraguay on penalty kicks on Friday.

They will next meet either defending champions Brazil or two-time winners Chile.

It was a dramatic tie, which finished 3-3 after normal time and saw both teams receive red cards.

Peru recovered from a goal down, thanks to Gianluca Lapadula’s first-half double at Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico where Gustavo Gomez had given Paraguay an early lead on Friday.

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Paraguay lost captain Gomez to a controversial second bookable offence just before half-time, yet they hit back through Junior Alonso’s strike early in the second half.

Yoshimar Yotun appeared to have won the game for 2019 runners-up Peru with a deflected goal 10 minutes from time.

But Andre Carrillo was also dismissed and substitute Gabriel Avalos levelled up in the final seconds to send the contest to penalty kicks.

Following the script of the previous 90 minutes, the shoot-out was equally as eventful as four players failed to convert from 12 yards.

But the drama was ended when Miguel Trauco tucked away the decisive spot-kick.