Copa America: Peru defeats Colombia 2-1 to keep their hopes alive

Peru defeated Colombia 2-1 on Sunday to keep its prospects of progressing to Copa America’s knockout stage alive. The Peruvians took the lead in the 17th minute when Sergio Pea scored. In the 53rd minute, Miguel Borja equalised from the penalty spot, but an own goal by Colombian defender Yerry Mina 11 minutes later ended the match at the Olimpico stadium in Goiania.

After two matches, Peru is in third place in Group B with three points. Colombia is still in second place with four points, but there are just two games left. Brazil is in first place with six points. The top four teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals.

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“This gives us a lot of hope in what is to come at this Copa America,” Peru defender Renato Tapia said. “We are in a good position, but we have to keep rowing to go farther.”

Peru’s opening game of the tournament ended in a 4-0 loss against Brazil, casting doubt on coach Ricardo Gareca’s team. The South American World Cup qualifiers are also proving difficult for the 2019 Copa America champions.

Venezuela and Ecuador tied 2-2 earlier in the day. After three games, Venezuela is in fourth place in the group with two points, while Ecuador has one point after two games. The group’s next matches will take place on Wednesday. Brazil, the defending champion, will face Colombia, while Peru will face Ecuador.