Suarez powers Uruguay into Copa final

La Plata: Luis Suarez helped Uruguay reach the Copa America final with his double strike in the quarterfinal against Peru. The Liverpool star scored in the 53rd and 58th minute to give Uruguay a chance to win their record 15th Copa America title on Sunday.

“It was a very tough game in the first half and we lacked a little clarity though we kept trying to make chances,” said Suarez, who went level in the scoring stakes with Argentina’s Sergio Aguero on three goals.

After a couple of upsets in the tournament, normal proceedings were restored at La Plata as Uruguayans pressed for early lead while Peru sat back calmly to deny them any territory, their game plan seemed to work as Paraguay couldn’t score by the end of the first half.

But things changed in the second half. Diego Forlan, the 2010 World Cup's best player, shot left-footed from outside the box forcing goal keeper Raul Fernandez to make a diving save, but Suarez was up there to net the rebound from close range. Five minutes later Suarez doubled the lead when he dodged the offside trap and slipped into the open net before sidestepping the goalkeeper.

Peru then tried to come back into the game but it seemed all but lost as their captain Juan Vargas was red carded in the 69th minute for elbowing Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates in the face. This win gave the 2010 World Cup semifinalist a final berth in the oldest tournament of the world.

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