Uruguay – Peru: Peru Pull Off Unlikely Win In A Penalty Shootout (0-0, 4-5 After Pens)
Uruguay outshot Peru and created a number of goals that were just called offside, only to lose in the penalty shootout by the narrowest of margins. Tournament football!
Tactical analysis and match report by Om Arvind.
Uruguay and Peru could not have entered the Copa América quarter-finals in more different ways. Uruguay topped Group C, displaying their disciplined, combative style without the ball and aptitude for attacking in a direct manner. Peru, meanwhile, snuck into the knockouts after barely attaining a third-place spot in Group A. They managed a draw and a win in their first two games, but were thrashed 5-0 by Brazil in their third, demonstrating the gulf in quality between Peru and Copa América’s elite.
Thus, Uruguay entered the match as the strong favorites. Not only did they have the better form, but they also possessed star strikers Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez, who had both hit their stride quickly in the group stages. Unsurprisingly, coach Óscar Tabárez selected both players in his starting eleven, supporting them with a midfield four consisting of: Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Rodrigo Bentancur, Fede Valverde, and Nahitan Nández. Tabárez anchored his defense with the reliable pairing of Diego Godín and Jose Giménez, and flanked them with fullbacks Martin Cáceres and Giovanni González. Fernando Muslera started in goal.
Instead of making defensive selections, Peru manager Ricardo Gareca stuck to his guns and, once again, employed his offensive-minded 4-2-3 . . .