Peru VS Paraguay LIVE Football Match Score July 3/7/2021
Since suffering a 4-0 demolition to Brazil on Matchday 1, the Peruvians have gone unbeaten in three Copa America 2021 fixtures (W2, D1) to finish as Group B runners-up and reach the knockout stage for the tenth tournament in a row. Despite registering each of their last four strikes beyond the half-time, none of Peru’s previous three international fixtures saw a goal scored after the 65-minute mark. Ricardo Gareca’s men go into this meeting in the midst of a rough patch, having lost seven of their last 13 matches, though each of those defeats arrived against FIFA’s top-20 teams. Al-Hilal winger Andre Carrillo will require special attention after scoring in his last two Copa America outings, including a second-half winner against Venezuela in the final group stage game. Four of his last five goals for the national team have come beyond half-time, including a second-half brace against Paraguay in October 2020.
Paraguay have reached the Copa America knockout stage for the second time in a row despite blowing hot and cold in the group phase. The Paraguayans alternated between winning and losing across their four Group A fixtures (W2, L2) to finish third in the section behind the likes of Argentina and Uruguay. Except for a 3-1 comeback victory over Bolivia in their tournament curtain-raiser, each of Paraguay’s remaining three Copa America games saw the victor keep a clean sheet. A narrow 1-0 loss to Uruguay on Matchday 4 means ‘Los Guaranies’ have put together seven consecutive Copa America matches without conceding more than once. Interestingly, each of Paraguay’s last three Copa America quarter-final appearances went to penalties, with the Paraguayans running out victorious twice in that period.
Peru will come into this game on a high, having won last time out to move into second place in the final game of the group stage.
Winger Andre Carrillo swept a loose ball home in a crowded box to make the difference in their clash with Venezuela, condemning their opponents to elimination.
That saw them finish the group stage in second spot with seven points, having also picked up an impressive 2-1 win over Colombia.
Sergio Pena gave Ricardo Gareca’s side the lead in that game, but Miguel Borja would equalise for their opponents from the penalty spot, before a Yerry Mina own goal restored Peru’s lead and saw them collect all three points.
Having reached the final in the last tournament, Los Incas will be keen to again progress through the quarter-finals after a strong group campaign.