Pizarro inspires Peru
By Steve Bramley
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Peru got their Copa America campaign off to a superb start with a 3-0 win against Uruguay.
Peru got their Copa America campaign off to a superb start with an emphatic 3-0 win against Uruguay on Tuesday.
Goals from defender Miguel Villata, substitute Juan Marino and Jose Guerrero gave Julio Cesar Uribe's side the perfect fillip to their Group A campaign at the Metropolitano Stadium in Merida.
"These players are starting to change the course of Peruvian soccer," Uribe told AFP.
"We have won an important game but there is still plenty of work to do. I am convinced that my team can play a lot better."
Peru dominated from the first whistle with Chelsea's new signing Claudio Pizarro pulling the strings.
Villata opened the scoring after 27 minutes when he powerfully met a Pizarro corner.
Uruguay should have levelled in the 66th minute but substitute striker Diego Rodriguez fluffed a golden chance.
And Marino made them pay when he doubled Peru's lead after 70 minutes when he latched on to a ball from PSV Eindhoven's Jefferson Farfan and curled it beyond Fabian Carini in the Uruguay goal.
Guerrero then rubbed salt into the wounds when he added a third two minutes from time.