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Peru beat Mexico 1-0; Uruguay held by Chile

MENDOZA, Jul 9 (Agencies)
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Published on 9 Jul. 2011 11:29 PM IST
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Peru edged Mexico 1-0 at the Copa America on Friday to move level on points at the top of Group C with Chile, who had earlier come from behind to draw 1-1 with Uruguay. Paolo Guerrero claimed his second goal of the tournament to give the Peruvians a deserved victory against an under-strength Mexico, stroking the ball home from close range in the 82nd minute after being left unmarked at the far post. The win put Peru on four points alongside Chile and leaves World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay third in the group on two points, needing a positive result in their final game next week to advance to the quarter-finals. Having drawn their opener against Peru, Uruguay went in search of a win against Chile and Luis Suarez should have put them ahead after 19 minutes but blasted over after Edinson Cavani had put him through. Eight minutes later, a mix-up in the Chilean defense left Diego Forlan with a free header from the edge of the six-yard box with Chilean keeper Claudio Bravo stranded, but defender Pablo Contreras cleared the goal-bound effort off the line. Chile’s closest first-half effort came from a bizarre deflection. However, nine minutes after the break, Alvaro Pereira broke the deadlock for Uruguay. Suarez was the provider, crossing from the left for the Porto player to stroke home. Chile went on the attack and in the 65th minute, Jean Beausejour escaped down the left and cut the ball back for Sanchez, who buried a low shot in the far corner of the Uruguayan net to earn his side a point. Hosts Argentina have drawn both their matches and Brazil, who face Paraguay on Saturday, drew their first.




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