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Peru 2-0 Paraguay: Carrillo & Guerrero seal third place for Gareca's men

Los Incas struck twice after half-time to seal a third-place Copa America finish for the second consecutive edition of the tournament

Peru ended their 2015 Copa America campaign on a high, overcoming Paraguay 2-0 in the third-place match in Concepcion on Friday.

Andre Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero were the heroes for Peru, who also finished third four years ago, with their second-half goals proving the difference at Estadio Municipal Alcaldesa Ester Roa Rebolledo.

After their semi-final exit to hosts Chile and dour opening half, Carrillo volleyed beyond Justo Villar in the 48th minute.

And Guerrero netted late on as Peru claimed consecutive third-place finishes at the premier South American tournament.

There were changes to both teams, with Peru pair Christian Ramos and Yordy Reyna starting in place of Jefferson Farfan, who did not pass a late fitness test, and Carlos Zambrano (suspended) after the 2-1 defeat to Chile.

Paraguay counted the cost of their 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Argentina, with Derlis Gonzalez (thigh), Roque Santa Cruz (hamstring), Bruno Valdez (thigh), Nelson Valdez (thigh), Edgar Benitez, Richard Ortiz and Ivan Piris dropping out for Lucas Barrios, Raul Bobadilla, Oscar Romero, Osvaldo Martinez, Nestor Ortigoza, Miguel Samudio and Marcos Caceres.

Chances were at a premium in the first half, with both teams failing to create anything clear-cut during the opening 45 minutes.

Reyna and Romero were limited to long-range efforts for Peru and Paraguay respectively as the half ended all-square.

The match came to life in the 48th minute, when Carrillo volleyed past Paraguay goalkeeper Villar from outside the area.

A corner kick deflected up in the air and Carrillo got his outstretched boot to the ball, leaving Villar with no chance.

It was the Sporting Lisbon forward’s first international goal since August 2012.

Peru had Carlos Ascues to thank after the hour-mark, with his last-ditch challenge enough to deny Edgar Benitez and Paraguay an equaliser.

Benitez was picked out by Romero at the back post with the goal at his mercy in the 66th minute, but Ascues was on hand to deny the Paraguay striker a clear goalscoring opportunity as the ball hit the bottom of the post and rolled away to safety.

Victory was sealed for Peru in the 89th minute as Guerrero side-footed through Villar’s legs after a cross from Joel Sanchez.

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Transfer Talk: Man Utd prepare €170m Muller package

Radamel Falcao agreed to take a 50 per cent wage cut in order to join Chelsea. The Colombian earned £285,000 a week during his unspectacular loan spell at Manchester United, but will rake in £140,000 a week at Stamford Bridge.

Source: Daily Mail
Friday, July 3, 2015 23:10

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Dembele to hold talks over Tottenham future

The Belgian midfielder featured sparingly in the 2014-15 campaign, though he believes that his performances did not get the credit that they deserved and hopes for a bigger role

Mousa Dembele has revealed that he will hold talks with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino regarding his future at the club after being reduced to a bit-part role last season.

The Belgium international started just 10 Premier League matches in 2014-15, ousted from the starting XI by academy-graduate duo Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason.

And the 27-year-old will seek clarification over his importance in the upcoming campaign when he returns for pre-season training, believing that he is deserving of a bigger role.

“After my holidays, I will talk to the boss about my future at Spurs. We will see,” he told the London Evening Stanard.

Speaking to Belgian publication Sporza, he added: “I’ve played so few minutes, it is a big disappointment to me.

“At one point I showed what I’ve got and I thought I took my chance but, as quickly again, I fell out of the team.

“Do I get little credit at Tottenham? Yes, I have that feeling at times, but it is ultimately down to me. I have to stay positive. I am still confident.”

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Rojo: Van Gaal will bring back trophies to Manchester United

The defender was instantly impressed by the Dutchman last summer and has no doubt that he is too much of “a winner” to fail to land the club’s first silverware since 2012-13

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has no doubt that manager Louis van Gaal will bring back glory to Old Trafford.

After David Moyes’s ill-fated succession of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Dutchman took over last summer and led the Red Devils back into the Champions League at the first time of asking.

His next goal is to secure United’s first silverware since 2012-13 but Rojo, one of the boss’ first signings at Old Trafford, has seen enough to be certain that it will come.

The Argentina international told the press: “Louis van Gaal will be successful at Manchester United. He will win trophies. For me, that’s not even a question.

“From the first training session he took, we could tell he was a winner. He’s very demanding. He’s not only looking to improve the team but also looking to improve you as an ­individual – he made me a better player.

“Being demanding and asking a lot is a sign of a real winner and it will only be a short time before Manchester United are winning trophies again.

“When we’re out socially he’s a funny guy, always making jokes, but, when it comes to the success of the team, business is business. That’s why he commands so much respect from his players.”

Rojo also backed his club and international colleague, Angel Di Maria, to shine after a tough first season at United following his British-record transfer from Real Madrid.

“People forget Di Maria last season was adapting to a new league,” the defender noted. “They just saw a big transfer fee and maybe didn’t think about England being very different from Spain – it’s a lot more ­physical.

“He’s one of the best in the world and, on his day, can do things like [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo. That’s the level he’s on. I’m sure, this coming season, we will see very special things from him.”

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LIVE: Peru vs Paraguay

Paraguay will have to make do without star attackers Roque Santa Cruz and Derlis González for their Copa Amérca third-placed play-off against Peru.

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Both players limped off during their 6-1 semi-final defeat at the hands of Argentina during the opening half-hour, with the former spraining his hamstring and the latter injuring his thigh.

Nelson Haedo Valdez is also a doubt with a thigh problem of his own, while Bruno Valdez is fighting for fitness with a similar issue, but Néstor Ortigoza may play after missing the last two matches with injury.

Paraguay could not repeat their heroics in their first Copa game, where they came back from two goals down to take a point off Argentina – suffering the heaviest defeat at this summer’s competition the second time around.

However, they at least managed to record a victory in this Copa edition against Jamaica, with their run to the final in 2011 occurring despite no wins in regulation and no goals scored in the knockout stages.

Ramón Díaz was happy with the effort put forth by his team this summer, and was convinced that they had turned over a new leaf after a disastrous 2014 World Cup qualification campaign where they finished last in the Conmebol section. 

“The objectives for this Copa América were to get the group believing in themselves again, for them to have order and for them to be an organised national team in every sense,” he said to reporters. “So we are very satisfied.”

Peru don’t have anywhere near as comprehensive an injury list to contend with, as Jefferson Farfán is the only question mark after he was withheld from training on Wednesday to rest a sprained ankle.

Carlos Zambrano will also miss the fixture after his red card in the 2-1 loss to Chile, but otherwise, Ricardo Gareca should have a full-strength team to choose from.

Paolo Guerrero is expected to lead the line after his hat-trick against Bolivia in the quarter-finals. The Flamengo striker finished as top scorer at the last Copa thanks to another treble in this fixture four years ago.

Despite their numerical disadvantage against the tournament hosts, Los Incas made a good impression, but were undone in the end by Eduardo Vargas’ double.

It was only their second defeat of the tournament after a reverse to Brazil by a similar scoreline, with Peru also scoring in all but one of their games – a stalemate against Colombia.

Like Díaz, Gareca was also proud of his side’s achievements in Chile, telling reporters that he wants to use their encouraging form to spur a successful campaign to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

“We have the opportunity of finishing an even better position, third place. We have players of great quality in Peru. It’s key that they are motivated and they have shown that that they are,” he said.

“For both teams it is important to have a good Copa and prepare in the best way for the World Cup qualifiers.”

In their 47 previous meetings, Paraguay have emerged as winners 23 times to Peru’s 11 victories. They also played each other in the 2001 Copa in Colombia, where the points were split in a 3-3 group-stage result.

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