Wed, 28 Jul 2021

GOIANIA, Brazil, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Peru came back from a two-goal deficit to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Copa America knockout phase with a 2-2 draw against Ecuador on Wednesday.

Celta Vigo midfielder Renato Tapia gifted Ecuador the perfect start by sliding the ball into his own net after a Pervis Estupinan cross from the left flank.

Ayrton Preciado doubled the Tricolor's lead on the stroke of halftime with a low finish following Damian Diaz's curling 30-yard free kick from the right wing.

Peru struck just after the restart through Gianluca Lapadula, who finished coolly when Christian Cueva's defense-splitting pass left him one-on-one with goalkeeper Hernan Galindez.

Andre Carrillo put the Blanquirroja on level terms five minutes later, slotting a first-time shot past Galindez after combining with Lapadula.

The result means Peru have four points from three matches while Ecuador have two points, with both teams having one group match left.

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