Perfect start for Peru
Tuesday 26 June 2007 Venezuela
Peru 3-0 Uruguay
Peru started the 2007 Copa America with an impressive 3-0 win over Uruguay.
After a slow start Peru opened the scoring with a powerful header by Villalta which the goalkeeper could only palm into his own net. Peru thought they had doubled the lead 5 minutes later but were unlucky to have their goal disallowed for offside. Estoyanoff unleashed a long-range shot on the stroke of half time which was tipped over the bar by the Peruvian keeper who had had very little to do in the first half. Uruguay came out in the second half determined to turn the match around, and created some chances, but saw their hopes evaporate in the 69th minute when substitute Marino smashed the ball past Carini in the Uruguayan goal. With 2 minutes remaining Mendoza squared the ball across the goal for Guerrero to tap in the 3rd for Peru.