A nerve-wrecking 2-2 draw against Bolivia was enough for Peru to make it through to the quarter finals of the Copa tonight. They fell behind twice, were down to 10 men and attacking in an increasingly desperate, shambolic, manner when they were saved in the 85th minute as new Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro nailed his second header of the night.
Celebrations for Peru but Bolivia go home as just a second point will leave them among the four worst teams. For Peru the ride through Group A has proved to be a roller-coaster one. Against most expectations they walloped Uruguay 3-0 in their opener but then lost 2-0 to Copa whipping boys Venezuela who the Peruvians claimed had the help of the man in the middle.
A loss to Bolivia would have capped off a spectacular collapse after a great start but the new Chelsea man’s late strike extended Peru’s participation for another game yet.