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Uruguay oust Peru to reach final

Luis Suarez struck twice in three minutes as Uruguay beat Peru 2-0 on Tuesday to reach the Copa America final.

sports Updated: Jul 20, 2011 23:09 IST

Luis Suarez struck twice in three minutes as Uruguay beat Peru 2-0 on Tuesday to reach the Copa America final.

In Sunday's final in Buenos Aires, Uruguay will meet either Paraguay or Venezuela who clash in Wednesday's semi-final in Mendoza.

Uruguay went ahead eight minutes into the second half when Diego Forlan shot left-footed from outside the box forcing Raul Fernandez into a diving save and the ever alert Suarez nipped in to score from a tight angle on the right. Suarez scored again three minutes later when Alvaro Pereira passed from the left and the striker collected the ball, rounded Fernandez on the edge of the box and steered it gently home.

Peru captain Juan Vargas was sent off in the 69th minute for elbowing Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates in the face.

If I were Batista, I’d quit: Maradona
Diego Maradona has said that were he Argentina coach Sergio Batista he would quit following the side's early Copa America exit.

The Argentine Football Association says it will keep Batista on as coach despite their quarter-final loss on penalties to Uruguay - he only succeeded Maradona after last summer's World Cup quarters loss to Germany. But Maradona says that decision is wrong-headed.

"If I had only beaten Costa Rica, (Argentina's sole Copa success) I would have gone of my own accord," Maradona told Radio Belgrano on Tuesday.

"It’s not the fault of the players. Julio Grondona is doing just what he likes," Maradona asserted. Maradona and Batista were teammates in the side which won the 1986 World Cup but the two have been at loggerheads since Batista took over after the former was forced out.