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.