Peru have earned their first win at the ongoing Copa America tournament on Brazilian soil after they surprisingly defeated Colombia in their Group B clash in Goiania. The Colombians were favourites ahead of the game but the Peru players had other ideas as they denied their opponents the chance to move above leaders Brazil on the standings. A win over Peru would have taken Colombia above Brazil at the top of Group B.
Colombia got a lifeline with eight second half minutes gone when Miguel Borja levelled the match for his team but the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinalists could not build on that equaliser in the quest for the win that would take them past the host nation in Group B. Peru took the lead for the second time in the game and never relinquished it till the end of the game with the winning goal coming on 64 minutes courtesy the own goal from Everton defender Yerry Mina. The unfortunate goal from Mina gave Peru a 2-1 win over the Colombians and their first win at the Copa America tournament.
The win over Colombia was able to catapult the Peruvians from bottom to third place in Group B. The impressive victory took them past both Ecuador and Venezuela in their group. They face bottom team Ecuador in their third group match on Wednesday before facing Venezuela in their final Group B match four days later.
On their part, Colombia missed out on a great opportunity to take top spot in the group ahead of their final match against five-time world champions Brazil on Wednesday. Brazil will take on Ecuador in their own final game in Group A four days later.