Colombia beats Peru 1-0 in World Cup qualifying

James Rodriguez scored in the 52nd minute to lift visiting

Colombia to a 1-0 victory over Peru in South American World Cup

qualifying on Sunday.

Rodriguez capitalized on a defending mistake in the area and

slotted home a shot from eight meters (yards).

The victory improved Colombia to seven points from four matches

in the first official game under Argentine coach Jose Pekerman.

Colombia had a slight edge in possession and outshot Peru


Argentina leads qualifying with 10 points in five matches. Chile

has nine in five, Uruguay has eight in four and Venezuela has eight

from five in a very closely contested qualifying tournament for the

2014 World Cup.

Peru has only three points in four matches, just above

last-place Bolivia with only one point in five matches.

Four more games are on tap next weekend. On Saturday it’s:

Bolivia vs. Paraguay, Venezuela vs. Chile. On Sunday: Uruguay vs.

Peru, Ecuador vs. Colombia.

Argentina is off in the next round and plays Brazil in a

friendly on June 9 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.


PERU: Diego Penny, Renzo Revoredo (Raul Ruidiaz, 68) Christian

Ramos, John Galliquio, Jesus Alvarez, Rinaldo Cruzado, Carlos

Lobaton (William Chiroque, 57) Yoshimar Yotun, Luis Ramirez, Andre

Carrillo (Jefferson Farfan, 84) Paolo Guerrero.

COLOMBIA: David Ospina, Luis Carlos Perea, Mario Alberto Yepes,

Aquivaldo Mosquera, Pablo Armero, Freddy Guarin, Carlos Sanchez,

Guillermo Cuadrado (Aldo Ramirez, 72), James Rodriguez (Jackson

Martinez, 90), Dorlan Pabon, Radamel Falcao.