Definitely the weakest of the three groups and it takes a very large leap of the imagination to see any team from it progressing beyond the quarter finals. It had the lowest goals-per-game ratio of the three groups and also included the competition’s poorest two games so far: tonight’s 0-0 between Venezuela and Uruguay and Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over Bolivia.
The highlights were Peru’s surprise 3-0 victory over old Copa dogs-of-war Uruguay in the opening game and then again 10-man Peru’s agonising late, late, come from behind draw against Bolivia to guarantee passage through to the quarters.
Fair dues to hosts Venezuela winning their first Copa game in 40 years and topping the group and hats off to new Chelsea man Pizarro who stepped up when his country needed him most.
Group A team most likely to go far: We’d say Peru only they face either Argentina or Paraguay next so…..how about hosts Venezuela on the understanding they get disappointing Uruguay again.