The opening game of the Copa America 2021 quarterfinals lived up to expectations. Peru knocked out Paraguay on penalties and progressed to the semifinals of the continental tournament after finishing tied 3-3 in regular time. Check out the highlights and goals of this eventful match.
Gustavo Gómez gave the lead to Eduardo Berizzo's side, but La Blanquirroja's reaction didn't take long and they put themselves in front with two quick goals of Gianluca Lapadula. The outlook for Paraguay wasn't encouraging as Gomez saw the red card right before halftime, but Junior Alonso put them level in the second half. However, Yoshimar Yotún put Peru in front again with a late goal.
There was room for drama, though, as André Carrillo got sent off when the game was heading to the final whistle. Gabriel Avalos scored another dramatic goal to put things level again, and after 90 minutes, the winner was decided by a penalty shoot-out.
Match Preview: Peru vs Paraguay
The Copa America 2021 knockout stages are getting close. Peru and Paraguay square off in the first match of the quarterfinals today at the Estadio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico Teixeira in Goiânia hoping to remain alive in the battle for the continental trophy. Here, find out the match preview, information, storylines, predictions, odds, and how to watch it in the US.
La Blanquirroja finished in second place in Zone B after recording a comfortable 1-0 victory over Venezuela on Matchday 5. The previous edition's runners-up want to chase another deep run in the tournament and they are full of hope to do so.
On the other hand, La Albirroja couldn't conclude the group phase strongly as they were beaten by Uruguay. However, Eduardo Berizzo's men want to take their nation far in this competition and claim the win in this evenly-matched duel.
Peru vs Paraguay: Match Information
Date: Friday, July 2, 2021
Time: 5 PM (ET)
Location: Estadio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico Teixeira, Goiânia
Peru vs Paraguay: Time by State in the US
ET: 5 PM
CT: 4 PM
MT: 3 PM
PT: 2 PM
Peru vs Paraguay: Storylines and Head-to-Head
Peru have overcome a tough start to the Copa America 2021 and ended up finishing behind the group leaders, Brazil. Ricardo Gareca's boys have made it to the grand final in 2019, will they repeat such a good result this time?
Meanwhile, Paraguay want to redeem themselves after falling in the quarterfinals two years ago. La Albirroja struggled to be consistent in Group A, but they still have made it to this round. They'll have to deal with a major upset, though, as Miguel Almirón has been ruled out for this match.
These two national teams have met many times in Copa America. This will be the 18th match between them in this tournament, with Paraguay being dominant with seven victories, while Peru won three times, and they've tied in the other seven games.
Peru vs Paraguay: Copa America 2021 Top Scorers
André Carrillo is Peru's leading goalscorer in the Copa America 2021 as he found the net twice so far. Angel Romero of Paraguay has two goals as well, being La Albirroja's top scorer in the tournament.
How to watch or live stream Peru vs Paraguay in the US
The game between Peru and Paraguay, to be played in Goiânia for the Copa America 2021 quarterfinals, will be broadcast in the US by TUDN USA, UniMás, Univision, Univision NOW, FOX Sports App, Fox Sports 1, Foxsports.com, TUDN App, and TUDN.com.
Peru vs Paraguay: Predictions and Odds
Oddsmakers in the US have already made their predictions. FanDuel sees Paraguay as slight favorites with odds of +160, while Peru have +185. A tie, however, would result in a +180 payout.
* Odds via FanDuel.