Before their match with Peru, Bolivia insisted that no one would be allowed to watch their training sessions. As soon as the teams were announced, it became clear why. In the surprise quarterfinal of the Copa America, Bolivia coach Mauricio Soria had prepared a surprise of his own: Bolivia would line up with three centre-backs.
It is not a formation they had used in Soria's short reign, but it is part of Bolivia's footballing DNA. The last time they used it was in September in a friendly against...
Paolo Guerrero scored a hat trick to hand Peru a 3-1 win against Bolivia and send them into the Copa America semifinals.
Two goals in three first-half minutes set Peru on their way and Guerrero grabbed his third after the break following a howler from Danny Bejarano in his own half.
Marcelo Martins Moreno scored a late penalty for Bolivia but it was mere consolation and Ricardo Gareca's men will now face hosts Chile on Monday in Santiago in the final four.
Peru enjoyed the better of the opening...
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chile's hopes of winning its home Copa America were kept alive Wednesday thanks to a 1-0 win over defending champion Uruguay.
Defender Mauricio Isla scored in the 81st minute to lead the hosts to the semifinals of the South American tournament.
Chile dominated the game from the start and Isla finally broke through with a low shot from just inside the area after a pass by Jorge Valdivia. That advanced his team to the tournament's semifinals for the first time in 16 years.