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FOLLOW LIVE - Copa America: Underdogs Venezuela and Peru clash

Venezuela's Jose Salomon Rondon celebrates his goal against Uruguay during their World Cup qualifying soccer match in Montevideo

Venezuela’s Jose Salomon Rondon celebrates with teammate Miku his goal against Uruguay during their World Cup qualifying soccer match in Montevideo June 2, 2012. REUTERS/Andres Stapff (URUGUAY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)


After Colombia beat Brazil on Wednesday, Venezuela has a chance to take control of Group C and be the first team to seal their place in the knockout round of the 2015 Copa America.

Following their shock 1-0 win over Colombia to open the tournament, La Vinotinto will fancy their chances of beating Peru in Valparaiso. Venezuela finished fourth in the last Copa America and could once again be the biggest surprises of this tournament.

Peru vs. Venezuela: 7:30 p.m. ET – FOLLOW LIVE

Their 1-0 win over Colombia was a combination of resolute defending and a superb strike from the edge of the box by Salomon Rondon. That said, it will not be easy against a Peruvian outfit who finished third at the 2011 Copa America and held Brazil until the final minute of their opening game of 2015.

Peru took a shock lead against Brazil in that game with Christian Cueva scoring in the second minute but Neymar headed home in the fourth and Peru looked to be grabbing a point until stoppage time when Neymar’s defense-splitting pass set up Douglas Costa to slam home the winner. If Peru can replicate their performance from the Brazil game against Venezuela then they could easily win.

That would mean all four team in Group C would be level on three points each heading into the final round of games. There is plenty of life left in Group C, that’s for sure.

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Hit the “FOLLOW LIVE” link above for live updates on Peru vs. Venezuela, while we will continue to have reaction and analysis from South America’s continental championship throughout the tournament on ProSoccerTalk.

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