Copa America 2021: Venezuela holds Ecuador, Colombia stunned by Peru
The 2021 Copa America conducted its Matchday 5 commitments. Venezuela and Ecuador clashed in one that ended in a draw. Meanwhile, Colombia took on Peru that presented a surprise win for the latter, as we take a look at the round-up.
The Copa America 2021 group stage is getting intense as we are nearly mid-way through it. A couple of matches were held on Matchday 5, on Sunday, with contrasting results, as we take a look at it all in this round-up.
Venezuela fails to get past Ecuador
The opening game saw Venezuela up against Ecuador at the Estádio Nilton Santos in Rio de Janerio. The opening half was evenly contested, while Ecuador had the upper hand after Eduar Preciado put the side ahead in the 39th minute, thus leading at half-time.
In the second half, Venezuela bounced back as Edson Castillo levelled it in the 51st minute. While Gonzalo Plata restored Ecuador's lead in the 71st, it was a heart-breaking 91st-minute equaliser from Ronald Hernández that ended it in a 2-2, yet competitive draw.
Peru stuns Colombia
Colombia suffered a severe setback in its bid for quarterfinal qualification after it was stunned by Peru at the Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico Teixeira in Goiania. Peru pressed attack early on in the game, as Sergio Pena put the side ahead in the 17th minute while leading at half-time.
The following half saw Colombia fight back and win a penalty, which Miguel Borja swiftly converted to draw level in the 53rd minute. Nevertheless, it somewhat self-destructed after Yerry Mina put in an own goal to hand Peru the lead again, which turned out to be the latter's winner.
Stat: Colombia ended its seven-game clean sheet record in the tournament, which happens to be the second-longest after its eight-game record between 2001-04.
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