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Suarez miss decisive as Peru knock Uruguay out of Copa America in shoot-out

Although Uruguay dominated the quarter-final, they were undone on spot-kicks following a goalless draw and three disallowed goals.

Luis Suarez walks away after his penalty miss.
Luis Suarez walks away after his penalty miss.
Image: Ricardo Mazalan

LUIS SUAREZ MISSED his spot-kick as Uruguay suffered a 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat to Peru in the Copa America quarter-finals following a 0-0 draw in Salvador.

Edinson Cavani squandered a glorious chance midway through the first half, while Diego Godin was guilty of similar profligacy after the interval as Peru hardly tested their opponents at the other end.

Uruguay, who also had a goal disallowed in the first half, twice fell foul of tight offside decisions after Godin’s miss – both Cavani and Suarez denied by the flag and subsequent VAR checks.

And Uruguay’s poor fortune continued in the shoot-out – Pedro Gallese making a fantastic save from Suarez’s opening penalty, with Edison Flores later stepping up to clinch Peru’s place in the last four.

This was the third of the four Copa America quarter-finals to be decided on penalties, given the oddity of this round going straight to spot-kicks if the scores are level at 90 minutes. 

The semi-finals and final revert to a traditional 30-minute of period of extra-time before needing penalties to decide a winner. 

The only quarter-final to feature any goals saw Argentina defeat Venezuela 2-0 on Friday. 

Peru progress to face Chile on Wednesday, while hosts Brazil face Argentina a day earlier.  

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