Claudio Pizarro fired Peru to their first victory in the 2015 Copa America as La Blanquirroja defeated Venezuela 1-0 in Valparaiso on Thursday night.
The 36-year-old from Bayern Munich scored in the 72nd minute, lifting Peru past a 10-man Venezuela side.
A win would have been enough for Venezuela to reach the knockout phase of the competition, but things were made difficult for La Vinotinto when Fernando Amorebieta was sent off just before the half-our mark.
The second half saw Peru take initiative of the game. Paolo Guerrero, Christian Cueva, and Juan Vargas all came close to getting the breakthrough.
But in the goal didn’t arrive until 18 minutes from time. Venezuelan fullback Tomas Rincon failed to hold on to a through ball pass and fortuitously gave the ball away to Pizarro, who struck past Alain Baroja to give Peru the win.
Group C is now wide open, with all four teams on 3 points, and everything will be decided with the final group stage games on Sunday.