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Trauco settles incredible Copa America tie as Peru book semi-final place

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Peru became the first side to book their place in the Copa America semi-finals after beating Paraguay on penalty kicks on Friday.

It was a dramatic tie, which finished 3-3 after normal time and saw both teams receive red cards.

Peru recovered from a goal down, thanks to Gianluca Lapadula’s first-half double at Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico where Gustavo Gomez had given Paraguay an early lead on Friday.

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Paraguay lost captain Gomez to a controversial second bookable offence just before half-time, yet they hit back through Junior Alonso’s strike early in the second half.

Yoshimar Yotun appeared to have won the game for 2019 runners-up Peru with a deflected goal 10 minutes from time.

But Andre Carrillo was also dismissed and substitute Gabriel Avalos levelled up in the final seconds to send the contest to penalty kicks.

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Following the script of the previous 90 minutes, the shoot-out was equally as eventful as four players failed to convert from 12 yards.

But the drama was ended when Miguel Trauco tucked away the decisive spot-kick to set up a semi-final with defending champions Brazil or two-time winners Chile.

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