Two goals from Liverpool striker Luis Suarez within 5 minutes in the second half was enough to see Uruguay beat Peru 2-0 on Tuesday and move into the Copa America final.
Uruguay, which reached the semifinals of last year’s World Cup, will be looking for a record-15th Copa America title in Sunday’s final against either Paraguay or Venezuela, which meet in the other semifinal Wednesday in Mendoza. The final will be played Sunday in Buenos Aires.
After a disappointing first half, Diego Forlan set up his strike partner for the first goal in the 53rd. Forlan’s long, low shot was not held by Peru keeper Raul Fernandez and Suarez was first to the rebound to score from a sharp angle into an empty net.
Suarez struck again five minutes later when he took a pass near midfield that split two defenders, then broke for goal. When Fernandez came out to stop him, he stepped around to his right and rolled the ball into an open net.
Peru had its best scoring chance in the 84th when Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera leaped high to stop Paolo Guerrero’s long shot. The ball slipped from Muslera’s hand, but he covered up quickly just inches from the goal line.
Uruguay, which is tied with Argentina with 14 Copa America titles, won its last Copa trophy in 1995. It was the runner-up in 1999, losing to Brazil which had won four of the last five Copa America titles entering this tournament.
Uruguay will meet the winner of Paraguay and Venezuela, who play later today.