Peru crush Venezuela 4-1, finish third at Copa America

LA PLATA, (Reuters) – Striker Paolo Guerrero scored  a hat-trick as Peru crushed 10-man Venezuela 4-1 to take third  place at the Copa America yesterday.

William Chiroque put Peru ahead from Guerrero’s pass three  minutes before halftime and the striker nicknamed “Predator”  rammed home the second on the right in the 64th. Venezuela, who had midfielder Tomas Rincon sent off on the  hour for a dangerous tackle on Carlos Lobaton, pulled one back  through Juan Arango in the 79th.

Guerrero then scored two fine breakaway goals in added time  to become the tournament’s top scorer with five, two more than  Luis Suarez of Uruguay and Argentina’s Sergio Aguero.

Favourites Uruguay face Paraguay in today’s final at the  Monumental in Buenos Aires (1900 GMT).

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