Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mexico stunned as Peru are on the Verge of Copa America Quarterfinals

By Marcel Abboud

South American darkhorses Peru are on the verge of qualifying for the quarter finals of the 2011 Copa America after defeating Mexico 1 - 0 at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas.

In a very open and attacking match, both sides had numerous chances to stamp their authority in the game. Mexico are yet to collect a point in the group stages before this match and only a win would suffice for El Tri.

Coming out all cylinders firing, the Mexicans had an abundance of chances to kill of Peru but were made to go wanting in the second half as the Peruvians launched an assault on Mexican goalkeeper and captain Luis Michel's goal. The Mexicans can thank the woodwork as their added defense as many of the Peruvian attacks ended up hitting the post and the crossbar.

But for all of Mexico's attacking prowess, Peru struck the killer blow in the 83th minute as Humburger SV striker
José Paolo Guerrero put the ball into Michel's goal after a wonderful piece of creative display for the Peruvians.

Mexico sit rooted to the bottom of Group C with no points while Peru now sit second in the group equal with Chile on four points, while Urugauy still have a chance to progress but only if they defeat Mexico. Watch extended highlights here: