Peru kept their Planet Cup qualifying hopes alive with an impressive 2-1 victory against slumping Uruguay on Tuesday.
Barcelona star Luis Suarez returned from suspension but not even his presence for Uruguay in Lima could prevent a third consecutive qualifying defeat.
Uruguay created a dream start out through Carlos Sanchez inside the 30th minute nevertheless it went downhill from there as Paolo Guerrero restored parity four minutes later just before Edison Flores completed the comeback just previous the hour-mark against the struggling guests.
Substitute Jonathan Urretaviscaya saw red having a quarter of an hour remaining inside a forgettable international debut to compound Uruguay’s woes.
Uruguay stay third in the CONMEBOL standings, ten points adrift of Brazil, although Peru are seventh – 4 points behind Argentina, who occupy the play-off position.
Peru named nearly an identical group for the a single that drew 2-2 at Venezuela last week, with Miguel Araujo coming in for Christian Ramos the only alter to Ricardo Gareca’s group.
Uruguay welcomed back two star players to the fold. Suarez and Fernando Muslera returned after serving suspensions within the 4-1 loss at household to Brazil. Diego Rolan and Martin Silva dropped out. Jorge Fucile, Jose Gimenez and Alvaro Gonzalez have been also named in the expense of Gaston Silva, Sebastian Coates and Egidio Arevalo.
Peru did not appear like a side who had lost their previous 4 matches against Uruguay – the country’s last win against Oscar Tabarez’s males coming back in September 2009.
Led by Guerrero, Peru pressed Uruguay and threatened in attack because the veteran forward controlled the ball inside the penalty region with Muslera closing in but he was unable to steer his volley into the net.
Although Peru pushed forward, it was Uruguay who took the lead on the half-hour mark.
After flashing a shot wide in the post earlier within the match, Sanchez found the back of the net. Suarez battled for possession and managed to get the ball to the 32-year-old, who fired his shot in to the ground and more than Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.
Uruguay’s lead was short-lived, on the other hand, soon after Guerrero equalised within the 34th minute. The large forward outmuscled Diego Godin prior to tucking his shot beneath Muslera.
That shifted the momentum in favour of Peru, who emerged from the break on the front foot and Uruguay struggled to include the lively hosts.
Alberto Rodriguez saw his work tipped over the bar, although Flores stepped away from two challenges and rocketed a shot just wide of the post 4 minutes later.
Peru eventually got their second and it was deserved because the clock ticked more than the hour. Guerrero brought the ball down inside the box and Flores was on hand to emphatically finish initial time.
Uruguay believed they equalised with 13 minutes remaining when a blistering counter-attack from the guests saw them within a two-on-one predicament with Gallese but the ball was brought back right after debutant Urretaviscaya controversially received a second yellow for making use of his hand inside the lead up.
Uruguay produced 1 last foray forward and they have been forced to leave empty-handed right after Godin’s header cannoned off the crossbar.